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March 12, 2018

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Winners & Finalists

Winner! 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

Lorna Crozier

Lorna Crozier

“Lorna Crozier is a memoirist, professor, Officer of the Order of Canada, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. But first she is one of the finest poets writing today. Her poetry is praised for its ‘felicity of language, depth of feeling and compassionate and compelling vision.’ (Canadian Literature) She ‘glimpses the mystery of light at the heart of being.’ (Books in Canada)” – jury

Lorna Crozier has published 17 books of poetry, most recently The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things, named as one of The Globe’s Top 100 Books of 2012 and nominated for this year’s Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. She has won this award twice before and has been the recipient of most of this country’s major literary prizes, including the Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Authors’ Association Award, the National Magazine’s Gold Medal for Poetry, the CBC national writing competition, and the 2009 Hubert Evan’s Award for BC’s best book of nonfiction for her memoir, Small Beneath the Sky. She was also named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011 and was recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009.

Beyond the writing awards, Lorna has been honoured for great distinction in both teaching and scholarly research in the academic community, receiving the University of Victoria’s 2004 Distinguished Professor’s Award. For her contribution to Canadian literature, she has received three honorary doctorates.

Since the beginning of her writing career, Lorna has been known for her inspired teaching and mentoring of other poets. Since 1991 she has been a beloved teacher of writing at the University of Victoria. She’s read for Queen Elizabeth and has performed her poems on every continent except Antarctica. In addition to selections of her work appearing in such languages as Chinese, Serbian, Italian and Portugese, a book of her poems in Spanish was published by a press in Mexico City.  Another of her books was translated into French and published by Vermillon Press in Ottawa.

Her reputation as a generous and inspiring artist extends from her passion for the craft of poetry to her teaching and through to her involvement in various social causes. In addition to leading poetry workshops across the globe, Lorna has given benefit readings for numerous organizations such as the SPCA, the BC Land Conservancy, the Victoria READ Society, and PEERS, a group committed to helping prostitutes get off the street. A regular contributor to CBC radio, in 2011 she hosted a special edition on poverty for the show, “The Current.”

Margaret Laurence called her “a poet to be grateful for.” Books in Canada claimed “she is one of the most original poets writing in English today.” The Ottawa Citizen described her as “One of Canada’s most read and most honoured poets….[Crozier’s poems] become part of the reader’s permanent memory.” Of her selected poems, Ursula Le Guin wrote in The New York Times Book Review, “What a joy to have a volume of selected poems by this marvellous Canadian poet, storyteller, truth-teller, visionary.” Of her memoir, Sharon Butala wrote. “I found it deeply touching,” and the reviewer of her most recent collection, The Book of Marvels, in The Globe and Mail said that after reading this book, “From here on in, it will be impossible to be bored or take anything for granted ever again. And for that, we can ever be grateful to Lorna Crozier.”

More information about Lorna Crozier can be found on her website.