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The 2018 Archibald Lampman Award Shortlist

Arc Poetry Magazine was founded in 1978 by three professors at Carleton University in Ottawa, on the traditional and unceded territories of the Algonquin Nation. We are proud to honour poets from this region, especially by presenting the Archibald Lampman Award to an outstanding collection of poetry by a National-Capital area author.

On the shortlist for the 2018 Archibald Lampman Award are three exemplary collections, selected by a jury of Jónína Kirton, Jennifer LoveGrove, and Rob Taylor.

banner of the 2018 Lampman shortlist authors and covers

The three Lampman Award finalists will join together for an evening of readings from their shortlisted collections on Thursday, September 6th, from 6:30PM to 8PM. The readings will take place at Beyond The Pale Brewing at 250 City Centre in Ottawa (a short walk down the Trillium Pathway from Bayview Station or from stops on the #11 bus down Somerset).

The presentation of the Archibald Lampman Award will take place at the 2018 Ottawa Book Award. The date and location of the Ottawa Book Awards are forthcoming.


The Lampman finalists are:

Adele Graf, math for couples (Oakville, ON: Guernica Editions, 2017)

Adele Graf grew up outside New York City and immigrated to Canada in 1968. She worked as a writer and editor, and taught writing in the public and private sectors in Ottawa and Halifax. math for couples (Guernica Editions, April 2017) is her first poetry book. Her first chapbook is a Baltic Friday early in grey (above/ground press, August 2017). Her second chapbook, Directions to Suffern NY circa 1950, won the 2018 TREE chapbook contest and was published by TREE. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian journals including The Antigonish Review, CV2, The Dalhousie Review, EVENT, The Fiddlehead, Room and Vallum.


Christine McNair, Charm (Toronto: Book*hug, 2017)

Christine McNair has two books of poetry: Charm (2017) and Conflict (2012), both published by Book*hug. Conflict was shortlisted for the Archibald Lampman Award, a City of Ottawa Book Award, the ReLit Award, and the Robert Kroetsch Award.


Shane Rhodes, Dead White Men (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2017)

Shane Rhodes is the author of six books of poetry, including Dead White Men (2017, Coach House Books). Other notable titles include Err, which was nominated for the City of Ottawa Book Award, X, which created poetry out of Canada’s post-Confederation treaties, and The Wireless Room, which won the Alberta Book Award.


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