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Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, established in 1986, is awarded annually to the best collection of poetry by a resident of British Columbia, Canada.

One of the B.C. Book Prizes, the award was originally known as the B.C. Prize for Poetry. In 1989, it was renamed after poet Dorothy Livesay, whose Day and Night (1944) and Poems for People (1947) received the Governor General's Award for Poetry

Winners and nomineesEdit

Year Winner Nominated
1986   Joe Rosenblatt, Poetry Hotel
1987   Diana Hartog, Candy from Strangers
1988   Patricia Young, All I Ever Needed was a Beautiful Room
  • Norm Sibum, Eight Poems
  • Sharon Thesen, The Beginning of the Long Dash
1989   Charles Lillard, Circling North
1990   Victoria Walker, Suitcase
  • Marlene Cookshaw, The Whole Elephant
  • Maureen McCarthy, The Girls in the Last Seat Waving
1991   Jeff Derksen, Down Time
1992   Barry McKinnon, Pulplog
1993   bill bissett, Inkorrect Thoughts
  • Kirsten Emmott, How Do You Feel?
  • Diana Hartog, Polite to Bees: A Bestiary
1994   Gregory Scofield, The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel
1995   Linda Rogers, Hard Candy
1996   Patrick Lane, Too Spare, Too Fierce
1997   Margo Button, The Unhinging of Wings
1998   Patricia Young, What I Remember from My Time on Earth
1999   David Zieroth, How I Joined Humanity at Last
2000   Lorna Crozier, What the Living Won't Let Go
2001   Don McKay, Another Gravity
2002   Karen Solie, Short Haul Engine
2003   bill bissett, peter among th towring boxes / text bites
  • Colin Browne, Ground Water
  • Marlene Cookshaw, Shameless
  • Patrick Friesen, The Breath You Take from the Lord
  • Tom Wayman, My Father's Cup
2004   Philip Kevin Paul, Taking the Names Down from the Hill
2005   Jan Zwicky, Robinson's Crossing
2006   Meredith Quartermain, Vancouver Walking
2007   Don McKay, Strike / Slip
2008   Rita Wong, Forage
2009   Daphne Marlatt, The Given
  • Elise Partridge, Chameleon Hours
  • Nilofar Shidmehr, Shirin and Salt Man
  • George Stanley, Vancouver: A Poem
  • Karen Hofmann, Water Strider
2010   Fred Wah, Is a Door
2011   Stephen Collis, On the Material
2012   John Pass, Crawlspace
2013   Sarah de Leeuw, Geographies of a Lover
2014   Jordan Abel, The Place of Scraps
2015   Cecily Nicholson, From the Poplars
2016   Raoul Fernandes, Transmitter and Receiver
  • Ali Blythe, Twoism
  • Amber Dawn, Where the words end and my body begins
  • Miranda Pearson, The Fire Extinguisher
  • Jeff Steudel, Foreign Park
2017   Adèle Barclay, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You
  • Anne Fleming, poemw
  • Juliane Okot Bitek, 100 Days
  • Rob Taylor, The News
  • Richard Therrien, Sleeping in Tall Grass
2018   Mercedes Eng, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes
2019   Laisha Rosnau, Our Familiar Hunger

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