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 2021 award were Mike Chaulk (Guelph), Rasiqra Revulva (Toronto), and Jane Munro (Victoria).

Deborah-Anne Tunney's A Different Wolf

2021 Winner

“A Different Wolf” by Deborah-Anne Tunney

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. [2021 Judges]

Deborah-Anne Tunney is a poet, short story writer and novelist who was born and lives in Ottawa. Her prose and poetry have appeared in Canadian, American and UK literary journals and anthologies. Her linked short story collection, The View from the Lane (2014) and her novel Winter Willow (2019) were published by Enfield and Wizenty. Her first book of poetry A Different Wolf came out in June 2020 from McGill-Queen’s University Press.

2021 Shortlist

Doris Fiszer's Locked in Different Alphabets

“Locked in Different Alphabets” by Doris Fiszer

Doris Fiszer’s Locked in Different Alphabets is an album of vivid moments from eight decades of an immigrant family’s life. Her spare and insightful lyrics track growing up in Canada with an abusive brother; what she knows of her father’s childhood in Poland, incarceration in a concentration camp, and undaunted feistiness. Finally, they focus on her mother, from “Wild Flower” in the Polish Home Army to foraging for fungi which flavour her goulash. Dangerous, trying, pleasurable—Fiszer’s snapshots capture conflict and change, hope and horror, and the persistence of kinship and character through it all.

Doris Fiszer is the author of Locked in Different Alphabets (Silver Bow Publishing) and two chapbooks: The Binders (Tree Press) and Sasanka (Wild Flower) (Bywords). She has won awards for her poetry including the 2017 John Newlove Award and Tree Press’s 2016 Chapbook contest (for The Binders). The Binders was also a bpNichol Award nominee. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies in Canada and the United States. She lives in Ottawa. 

Pearl Pirie's footlights

“footlights” by Pearl Pirie

Pearl Pirie’s footlights is a playful tribute to the momentary. Moving between philosophical and recognizable physical spaces, Pirie processes the quotidian with attention, insight, and humour. Warm-bodied and breathing, footlights is wonderfully peopled, executed through the subtleties of a syntax that reads with ease but shifts, tumbles, and dances. footlights feels like a call to look closely as it makes a case for any instance, however mundane—proving even our less spectacular, often unclocked, moments are worthy occasions for poetry.

Pearl Pirie is a queer concussed writer living in rural Quebec. Her poetry collection, the pet radish, shrunken (Book*hug, 2015) won the Archibald Lampman Award. Her manuscript Thirsts won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was published in 2011. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies, and her newest chapbooks are Call Down the Walls (Frog Hollow Press, 2019) and the forthcoming Water loves its bridges: Letters to the dead (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2020).

Other 2021 Nominees

The Marta PoemsSusan J AtkinsonSilver Bow Publishing
We Shed Our Skin Like DynamiteConyer ClaytonGuernica Editions
Perfume: Poems and Word SonnetsSeymour MayneRonald P. Frye & Co
Walking on the Beaches of Temporal CandyChristian McPhersonAt Bay Press
Finish this SentenceLeslie RoachMawenzi House

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