CREATIVE BOOK AWARD WINNER: Â Emily McGiffin’s Subduction ZoneÂ won theÂ AssociationÂ for the Study of Literature & Environment Environmental Creative Writing Book Award.
Judges said of her book: Â â€œMcGiffinâ€™s poetry startles and provokes, even as it pleases and draws the reader in. Impressively, she takes on subject matter as immense as empire â€“ its power over us yet vulnerability to self-destruction â€“ and makes it vivid, personal, and immediate.â€
Emily McGiffin is a PhD student in York Universityâ€™s Faculty of Environmental Studies. Her PhD research investigates socioeconomic, cultural and environmental change in extraction-based communities of rural South Africa and Canada and the ways in which the literature of these regions engages with these concerns. In addition toÂ Subduction Zone, she is the author of the poetry collection Between Dusk and Night (Brick Books, 2012) and has published widely in literary magazines across Canada.
Judges: Ross Gay (Indiana University), Joni Tevis (Furman University), and Scott Knickerbocker (The College of Idaho)
Kate Cayley’s How You Were BornÂ wonÂ the 2015 Trillium Book Award (Ontario).
Cayley’s work was a finalistÂ for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Frank O’Connor Short Fiction Award (Cork, Ireland).
Heartiest congratulations to both authors.