We are very proud to announce that two Guernica authors have been shortlisted for the ReLit Awards! Congratulations Lisa Pike and Stan Rogal!
Lisa Pike has been shortlisted for a ReLit award for her novel, My Grandmother’s Pill. Described as “a story of mean drunks and happy ones, and of the women who outlive them, My Grandmother’s Pill is a rollercoaster ride through three generations of abuse and addiction”. Nino Ricci has stated, “My Grandmother’s Pill weaves a compelling tale of the pasts we carry with us across the generations and of the mistakes we learn from and those we seem doomed to repeat. Lisa Pike writes with humour, with insight, and with grace”.
Lisa Pike was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. After completing her M.A. in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, Lisa completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, she is also the author of a poetry chapbook entitled Policeman’s Alley.
Stan Rogal has been shortlisted for a ReLit award for his poetry collection, after words. The collection pulls together poems that acknowledge the people whose lives and/or works have influenced the author, where each piece is forwarded by a short background story as well as an epigram. Karl Jirgens has stated the following about after words, “throughout these meta-poetic portrayals, Rogal’s autobiographical narrator inhabits the realms of literary and artistic precursors including Artaud, Atwood, Bogart, Burroughs, Calvino, Cohen, Eliot, Nin, and Shakespeare. A series of brilliant tours-de-force while providing an inspirational tour of the art of words”.
Stan Rogal was born in Vancouver and has lived in Toronto for 25 years. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Canada, the US and Europe, some in translation. He has published 19 books, including four novels, four story and 11 poetry collections. He is also a produced playwright and the artistic director of Bulletproof Theatre.