Perth, Ont., poet Phil Hall has scooped up another honour for his collection Killdeer – the $20,000 Trillium Book Award.
Winners of the Trillium Book Awards, an Ontario prize for the best book and best poetry collections in English and French, were announced Wednesday night in Toronto.
Hall won the Governor General’s Literary Award and was nominated for the prestigious Griffin Prize for Killdeer, a meditative collection that charts his own progress as a writer.
His essay-poems muse on the poetic process, what he terms his “sururalist” roots, and offer homage to fellow writers such as Margaret Laurence, Bronwen Wallace and Libby Scheier. The collection is published by BookThug, a one-man publisher that specializes in verse.
This year’s English-language winner of the Trillium Poetry Award is Toronto-based Nick Thran, who won for his second poetry collection Earworm, published by Nightwood Editions. His poetry deals with urban life and cites modern cultural touchstones from Picasso to Jessica Rabbit to the Smurfs.
Poets who have published up to three collections are eligible for the Trillium Poetry Award, while veteran poets, such as Hall, are eligible for the book award.
The Trillium Book Awards in French went to:
- Book award: Michèle Vinet, Jeudi Novembre (Éditions Prise de parole).
- Poetry award: Sonia Lamontagne, À tire d’ailes (Éditions Prise de parole).
Winners of the Trillium Book Award in English and French receive $20,000. Publishers of the winning books each receive $2,500. Winners of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English receive $10,000 and their publishers receive $2,000.