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Henry Beissel Winning Awards, Going on Tour, and Inspiring Future Generations of Writers

Henry BeisselThe Ottawa Book Awards and Prix du livre d’Ottawa recognize the top English and French books published in the previous year and this year Henry Bissel’s Fugitive Horizons made the list.

Beissel’s poetry collection is among the finalists for the fiction prize, which will be awarded October 22nd at 8pm at the Shenkman Arts Centre. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.

But that’s not all Henry Beissel is up to at the moment. His latest book, Coming to Terms with a Child and its counterpart, Ein Kind Kommt zur Sprache, are going to be published in a bilingual edition by the University of Marburg before the end of the year.

Beissel has also just returned from a tour with talks and readings at universities in Poland and Germany. Next September, he will return to give the keynote address at a literary conference at the University of Augsburg, followed by another tour, the fourth in as many years.

Finally, it was also recently announced that a Henry Beissel Award for graduate students in Creative Writing has been established at the University of Toronto.

Henry Beissel is an award-winning poet, playwright, essayist, translator and editor with more than thirty publications to his credit, including twenty volumes of poetry. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. His first book of poetry was New Wings for Icarus, the very first book published by Coach House Press in 1966. His most recent collection is Seasons of Blood, published in 2011 by Buschekbooks. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, artist Arlette Francière.

Fugitive Horizons takes the reader on a mind-blowing journey across the known micro- and macrocosms to the extreme outer edges of space and time. The counter-intuitive insights of modern science here become reality as we are led to question the representations of our senses. Quantum physics and cosmic relativity, captured in the intimacy of the prevailing sonnet form, create a dynamic challenging the reader to reaffirm the human world in the face of the unknowable.

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