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2022’s Archibald Lampman Award Winner is… David O’Meara!

At the 2022 Ottawa Book Awards on Wednesday, October 19th, we presented the 2022 Archibald Lampman Award to David O’Meara for his collection, Masses on Radar (Coach House Books).

a waist-up photo of David O’Meara standing in front of a handrail and some graffiti, which is in a sepia-tinted black and white.

He was selected by a jury of Bertrand Bickersteth (Calgary), Peter Norman (Etobicoke), and Isabella Wang (New Westminster). Here’s what they had to say about Masses on Radar:

Masses on Radar exhibits a stunning mastery of poetic craft. O’Meara has the talent and technique to turn almost anything into riveting poetry, but these poems do not coast: they dig deep, bringing to vivid life a remarkable array of subjects, experiences, emotions, and interior worlds. These poems summon quotidian encounters, sometimes conferring them with unexpected beauty, sometimes breathing new and sudden problems into them. O’Meara’s sparse language lifts the veil on our human failings, the limits of our vision, and in so doing satisfies.



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.