Congratulations are in order for Guernica author Sandy Pool, who has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her collection Exploding into Night. Pool is a writer and multi-disciplinary artist who lives in Toronto and published Exploding into Night as part of Guernica Editions’ First Poets Series, which is made up of first full poetry collections by writers 35 and younger.
In Exploding into Night, Pool delves into the heart of a grisly murder that took place in the Parkdale area of Toronto. With its dazzling turns and deafening silence, this narrative poem is a stark reappraisal of urban existence and its heartache. A selection of poems from this collection was also previously awarded First Place in the 2009 Elora Writers’ Festival Poetry Contest.
The Governor General’s Literary Awards are given in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. Nominees are chosen together by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada. To view the rest of the nominees visit the GG website.