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2018’s Archibald Lampman Award Winner is… Christine McNair!

photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa

Selected by a jury of Jónína Kirton, Jennifer LoveGrove, and Rob Taylor, Christine McNair won the 2018 Archibald Lampman Award for her second collection, Charm (Toronto: Book*hug, 2017).


The jury had this to say about Christine’s collection:

Christine McNair’s second collection, Charm (Book*hug, 2017), brings dignity and awe to sensuality and impermanence. Fragility is experienced as strength as she examines motherhood, marriage, women’s bodies, alongside a longing for sovereignty. Both decay and intimacy reverberate throughout the collection, with deft, inventive and provocative uses of language and syntax. In Charm, McNair shows us unique truths in unexpected and mesmerizing ways, compelling our attention again and again.


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.