A part-time Vernon resident has just been announced as a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize.
James Scoles, who spends three months every year just south of Vernon in his holiday home/part-time studio, was recognized for his poem, The Trailer.
Announced by CBC’s Canada Writes, the online literary destination part of CBC Books, with its partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre, five English and five French texts were selected from more than 2,000 works of poetry that were received from across the country.
Based primarily in Winnipeg, Scoles has travelled, lived, and worked in more than 90 countries, and his writing —fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction— has appeared in journals, magazines, and newspapers in Japan, the U.S., Australia, Ireland, and Canada. He has been nominated for both Western and National Magazine Awards, the Journey Prize, and the Pushcart Prize.
Scoles teaches creative writing at the University of Winnipeg, and his current projects, Spit in the Ocean, a novel set in 1840s Ireland, and Border Stories, a collection of short fiction based on his world travels, are supported by the Winnipeg and Manitoba Arts Councils, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The grand prize winner and four runners-up for the CBC Poetry Prize will be announced Sept. 30 on www.cbc.ca/canadawrites.
The shortlisted poems are also published on website. The public is invited to read all of the poems, share their comments and vote for their favourite (the vote will have no effect on who wins the grand prize).
The jury for this year’s CBC Poetry Prize is Sue Goyette, David McGimpsey and Anne Michaels.
In addition to a cash prize of $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the grand prize winner will receive a two-week writing residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony and will be published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. The four other finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts.
For more information, visit www.cbc.ca/canadawrites