Congratulations to Sage Hill alumna Joanna Lilley
on being selected for the following two awards!
Winner of the Borealis Prize: The Commissioner of Yukon Award for Literary Contribution
Statement from the jury on the selection of Joanna Lilley:
Joanna Lilley’s fifth book and third poetry collection, Endlings, was published by Turnstone Press in 2020 and won the Fred Kerner Book Award. Joanna is also the author of a novel, Worry Stones (Ronsdale Press), which was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award, and a short story collection, The Birthday Books (Hagios Press). Joanna’s other poetry collections are If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press), and The Fleece Era (Brick Books) which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Joanna has an MLitt degree in creative writing from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and is a Humber School for Writers graduate.
Winner of the 2021 Fred Kerner Book Award
Joanna Lilley, Whitehorse, YT
Endlings (Turnstone Press)
In Endlings, Joanna Lilley’s rich collection of lyrical and devastating poems, voice is given to the final moments of animal extinction. This book-length elegy to the planet’s lost species explores the ruinous impact humanity has had on the natural world while still managing to create wonder and hope.
This beautifully crafted collection of poetry is a remarkable yet sad tribute to all the species and sub-species we have lost. Joanna Lilley has sent us a new wake-up call – a cri de coeur that she calls Endlings.
2021 Sage Hill Autumn Poetry Reading
Thank you to everyone who joined Sage Hill for readings by
Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer and special guests from the Poetry Colloquium!
For those who weren’t able to attend or would like to share the experience with others, the event recording link is below. It will be available until September 20, 2021.
(available until September 20, 2021)
Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Louise is married and has two adult children and three grandsons. She graduated with a Bachelor of social work from the University of Regina. She served as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for two years and has traveled extensively. She has served as “keynote speaker” at numerous conferences. Her books, Bear Bones and Feathers, Blue Marrow, The Crooked Good, and Burning In This Midnight Dream published by Coteau Publishers have all received numerous accolades and awards. All will be republished by Brick Books and Kegedonce. Sohkeyihta are selected poems published by Wilfred Laurier Press. Awasis – Kinky and Disheveled was released in the spring of 2021, and published by Brick Books. Louise received the following honorary degrees: Wilfred Laurier University, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, and the University of Saskatchewan and Mount Royal University – Calgary, Alberta. She serves as an Elder and consultant for various committees and departments at the University of Saskatchewan and other provinces.
2021 Sage Hill Summer Reading Series
Gratitude to Jordan Abel for the thoughtful Kroetsch Keynote.
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