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Garebian Secures Third Prize and a Win for His Poetry

Keith Garebian“Garebian, 71, is no stranger to winning awards; last year alone he won the Mississauga Arts Award (Established Literary) for his book Moon on Wild Grasses and the prestigious William Saroyan Medal, named in honour of the great Armenian American dramatist and author.” writes The Mississauga News about Garebian’s latest win: the Surrey International Writers Conference Poetry Award. This year, Keith Garebian is the winner of the 22nd annual Surrey International Writers Conference Poetry Award. The announcement was made on October 25th. The award was for a single poem (about 100 lines long), entitled “Armenian Elegy,” which is to be printed in the award anthology.

The topic of the poem – the 1915 Armenian genocide – is one that hits close to home for Garebian, who was born to an Armenian father and Anglo-Indian mother.

“I am particularly gratified that a poem about the Armenian half of my ancestry has touched a chord because as I get older, I seem to be exploring more deeply that part of my psycho-literary self,” he has said about his heritage, which he has written about before. Garebian previously wrote on the Armenia Genocide in his memoir Pain: Journeys Around My Parents, and poetry collection Children of Ararat.

In true Garebian fashion, the next day after the announcement, he won third prize for another of his poems at the 29th annual Canadian Authors Association (Niagara Branch).

Keith Garebian is a widely published, award-winning freelance literary, theatre, and dance critic, biographer, and poet. Among his many awards are the Scarborough Arts Council Poetry Award (2010), the Canadian Authors Association (Niagara Branch) Poetry Award (2009), the Mississauga Arts Award (2000, 2008 and 2013), a Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Award (2006), the Lakeshore Arts/Scarborough Arts Council Award for Poetry (2003), and an Ontario Poetry Society Award for Haiku (2003). This is his fifth book of poetry.

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