Over the years, recognition has come, often out of the blue. Sometimes it has been letters, talking about camping trips to the centre of the universe. There have been conversations, both long an short, letters, even a heckler in Nottingham who admitted that sometimes all an old lady wants is a “peck on the cheek” (she got it), and there have been awards. Here are the awards.
1980 Rosalind Hewlett Petch Memorial Prize in Creative Writing
1991 Confederation Poetry Prize
1982-1998 5 time runner-up CBC/Tilden/Saturday Night Literary Contest
1996 Best Arts and Culture Writing (B.C. & Yukon Community Newspapers Association)
2001 Tom Thomson’s Shack nominated for two B.C. Book Prizes.
2003 Critic’s Desk Award for best long review of poetry, Arc Magazine
2003 Poem of the Year (Tao Hill), Arc Magazine
2005 “Stirk” nominated for the Rhysling Poetry Speculative and Fantasy Poetry Award
2005 Critic’s Desk Award for best long review of poetry, Arc Magazine
2005 Malahat Review Long Poem Prize for Abandon
2007 Shortlisted for both poetry and nonfiction, CBC Literary Awards
2007 The Wolves at Evelyn nominated for the Hubert Evans Award (B.C. Book Prizes)
2007 George Ryga Award for Social Responsibility in British Columbia Literature, for The Wolves at Evelyn
2007 Malahat Review Long Poem Prize for The Bone Yard
2008 CBC Literary Awards 2nd Prize for “Catching a Snare Drum at the Fraser’s Mouth”
2008 Theatre B.C. National Playwriting Competition, Special Merit Prize for Pox!
2017 CBC Literary Awards 2nd Prize for “Saying the Names Shanty”