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2021’s Archibald Lampman Award Winner is… Deborah-Anne Tunney!

At the 2021 Ottawa Book Awards on October 20th, 2021, we presented the 2021 Archibald Lampman Award to Deborah-Anne Tunney for her collection, A Different Wolf (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020).

Deborah-Anne Tunney, a person with light brown skin and long darker brown hair, stands unsmiling in a black scoop neck, in front of a washed background of grey and light blue

She was selected by a jury of Mike Chaulk (Guelph), Rasiqra Revulva (Toronto), and Jane Munro (Victoria). Here’s what they had to say about A Different Wolf:

Deborah-Anne Tunney’s A Different Wolf is a meticulously conceived and brilliantly executed debut examining the cinematic and personal impact of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. With bladelike precision and an impeccable eye for detail, Tunney pierces the screen, the scene, and the man behind the camera; and invites the reader to gaze through the incision, into the ravenous heart revealed within. Challenging, seductive, voyeuristic, and entirely in command of both image and artifice, A Different Wolf is a thrilling collection sure to intrigue lovers of poetry and cinema alike.

Watch and listen to Deborah-Anne Tunney reading some excerpts from her collection at a event celebrating the three finalists for this year’s Lampman Award here:



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.