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Hagios Author Murray Reiss Wins Gerald Lampert Award

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Filed under: Awards

Hagios Press Congratulates  Murray Reiss, the 20014 recipient of The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award  for The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild (Hagios Press, 2013) 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 recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The Award carries a prize of $1,000 and is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets. It is presented each year at the League’s Annual General. Hagios Press also wishes to congratulate Laurie D Graham the author of Rove (Hagios Press 2013) who was also short listed for this prestigious award.

2014 Gerald Lampert Award Jury Citation, for The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild: 

 A powerful, moving book with poems that are poignant, accurate, written in deep ancestral memory, and in figurative language that is sometimes delicate and always accomplished. By focusing on the story of his relationship with his father, Reiss suggests how personal experience is inextricably connected to various contexts that form and transform our lives. A reader’s emotional engagement and the poet’s craft is sustained throughout, and no matter how passionate, the poems never collapse into mere emotion.

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