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2017 Judges

Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award



George Murray is the author of six books of poetry (including The Hunter, M&S 2003, The Rush to Here, Nighwood, 2007, and Whiteout, ECW, 2012), two books of aphorisms (Glimpse, ECW 2010 and the forthcoming Quick, ECW 2017). His poems have appeared widely in journals, magazines and papers in Canada, the US, the UK, Europe, and Australia. He is the former editor of Bookninja.com, the current editor of NewPoetry.ca and has been a poetry editor or contributing editor at several other magazines and journals. One of George’s earliest publications was in Prairie Fire Magazine, way back when dinosaurs roamed the 1990s. After many years in Toronto and Manhattan, he now lives full time in St. John’s.


Short Fiction Contest


Corey R

Thus far, Corey Redekop has two novels to his credit, the award-winning Shelf Monkey (Best Popular Fiction Novel, Independent Book Publisher Awards) and the award-nominated Husk (Best Novel, ReLit Award). His short fiction may be found in anthologies such as Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories, Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, and Superhero Universe, among others. Currently, he is cognitively mired in the thematic bog of a hypothetical third novel. He physically abides in Fredericton, NB, and electronically at www.coreyredekop.ca and @coreyredekop.


Creative Non-Fiction Contest


Betsy Warland has published 12 books of poetry, creative nonfiction and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of personal essays, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing. In April of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas was launched by Caitlin Press’ new imprint, Dagger Editions. Reviews have called it “an achievement,” “truly luminous,” and a “tour de force.”

Betsy_Warland-5In 2013, Warland created a new publishing template called Oscar’s Salon. An interactive salon that features excerpts from her manuscript Oscar of Between, Guest Writers and Artist’s work, the salon also includes a Featured Reader each month as well as readers’ comments betsywarland.com.

Warland co-founded with Myrna Kostash the Creative Writers Nonfiction Collective in 2004 that holds an annual conference for cnf writers creativenonfictioncollective.ca. She also founded and is a mentor in the one-on-one six-month international Vancouver Manuscript Intensive program vancouvermanuscriptintensive.com

Warland received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary in Vancouver in 2016. In 2017, she will be the Lyric Prose and Poetry Mentor for The Writer’s Studio at S.F.U. A professional manuscript consultant/editor for the past 25 years, Warland works with writers from across Canada and abroad.