Thursday, December 5, 2013

Introducing the Judges for The Fiddlehead's 23rd Annual Literary Contest

The Fiddlehead's annual literary contest is now closed, and we're pleased to announce this year's fabulous judges.

Fiction Judge
Douglas Glover
Douglas Glovers newest book, a collection of short stories called Savage Love, appeared in the fall of 2013. He has won the Governor General’s Award for his novel Elle as well as the Rogers Writers’ Trust Timothy Findley Award for his body of work. He edited Best Canadian Stories from 1996 to 2006. He teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the current Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick. He edits the international online arts magazine Numéro Cinq.

Poetry Judges
James Arthur
James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, Brick, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012 as a Lannan Literary Selection. James grew up in Toronto and now lives in Baltimore, where he teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Elizabeth Bachinsky
Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of five collections of poetry: Curio (BookThug, 2005), Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood, 2006), God of Missed Connections (Nightwood, 2009), I Don't Feel So Good (BookThug, 2012) and The Hottest Summer in Recorded History (Nightwood, 2013). Her poetry has been nominated for awards including the Pat Lowther Award, The Kobzar Literary Award, The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, the Governor General's Award for Poetry and the Bronwen Wallace Award, and has appeared in literary journals, anthologies and on film around the world. She lives in New Westminster BC where she teaches creative writing and is the Editor of EVENT magazine.

Tim Lilburn
Tim Lilburn was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has published nine books of poetry, including To the River (1999), Kill-site (2003), Orphic Politics (2008) and Assiniboia (2012). His work has received the Governor General’s Award (for Kill-site) and the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award (for To the River), among other prizes. A selection of his poetry is collected in Desire Never Leaves: the Poetry of Tim Lilburn, edited by Alison Calder. His most recent book is the chapbook Newton, Force at a Distance, Imperialism from The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press (2013).  Lilburn teaches in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria.

Here are the most recent books from our judges: