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Laurie D Graham feature in The London Free Press

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Filed under: Awards, News

by Joe Belanger, London Free Press

A London-based poet is nominated for a prestigious national award.

The League of Canadian Poets has announced that Laurie D. Graham is nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, honouring first books of poetry published by a Canadian.

Her book of poems, Rove, ($17.95 Hagios Press), is one of six nominated for the award, which carries a $1,000 prize and will be announced in June.

The announcement comes with the launch of National Poetry Month, being celebrated in the city with the announcement by Poetry London’s of the winner of its sixth annual poetry competition, not to mention a reading by London’s inaugural poet laureate, Penn Kemp, at the Landon Library.

Graham, a native of Sherwood Park, Alta., first moved to Toronto and last September settled in London when her partner, Mark Jull, began teaching sociology at Western University.

“Poetry’s readership is so small in Canada,” said Graham in a press release. “Yet, while so few people read or buy Canadian poetry, at the same time poetry, storytelling, and song are innate here, as anywhere.”

Graham will give two readings this month, one in London and another in St. Thomas.

The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors’ tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers.

The award winners will be announced June 7 at a special ceremony at the League’s annual Poetry Festival and Conference in Toronto. For a complete list of award nominees, visit

In a press release, Hagios Press editor Paul Wilson described Rove as “a stunning long poem in a manner reminiscent of Jan Zwicky and Robert Kroetsch, that combines meditation with compact sensory impressions. Its language resonates through the twists and turns of immigrants’ lived stories. This book is a pleasure to re-read.”

Poetry London announced Monday its annual contest winner is Michael Kuiack, for his Life Is School with second place going to Stan Burfield for his Concerning our Glorious Future. To read their poems, honourable mentions and events this month visit

Kemp, who has published 25 books of poetry and drama, had six plays staged and recorded 10 CDs, will give a reading along with Laurence Hutchman at the London Open Mic Poetry Night at Landon Library April 16, an event sponsored by the League.


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