The Archibald Lampman Award recognizes an outstanding book of English-language poetry by an author living in the National Capital Region.

The jury for the 2018 award were Jónína Kirton, Jennifer LoveGrove, and Rob Taylor.

2018 Winner

“Charm” by Christine McNair

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.

2018 Shortlist

“math for couples” by Adele Graf

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 ReviewCV2The Dalhousie ReviewEVENTThe FiddleheadRoom and Vallum.

“Dead White Men” by Shane Rhodes

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.

Arc is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa, as well as many individual supporters. For further information contact Arc Poetry Magazine at

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