Lucas Crawford has won the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry!
Having given everybody the weekend to stew on things, we’re pleased to announce that Lucas Crawford’s taken the prize with his manuscript for, Sideshow Concessions. We couldn’t be happier to name Lucas the winner of the 9th annual Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Canada’s most prestigious award for innovative poetry.
For his outstanding work, Lucas receives a trade book contract with Invisible Publishing via its Snare imprint, with a $500.00 advance. His title has been slotted in for publication in October of 2015.
2015 Robert Kroetsch Award judge Karen Solie has this to say:
“Sideshow Concessions is fresh, honest, heartbreaking, and funny, with turns of phrase equally intelligent and moving.”
All the details of Crawford’s forthcoming title follow:
1 October 2015 | 112p | poetry
Winner of 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Sideshow Concessions is the first book from queer performance artist and professor, Lucas Crawford. A themed collection focusing on the circus-like bodies and lived experiences of a narrator navigating both his rural past and urban present, Sideshow Concessions is the unofficial story of someone who is both a bearded lady and the fattest man in the world.
Lucas Crawford is the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowment Lecturer at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. His poetry has appeared in Room, Rampike, PRISM International, The Antigonish Review, SubTerrain online, Other Voices, and The Nashwaak Review, as well as the anthology Between: New Gay Poetry. Crawford’s poems won the the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Writing Competition and are currently nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He’s based in Vancouver.