Congratulations to Garth Martens of Victoria, who won the $5,000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. The literary prize has a legacy of discovering young writers with great potential.
From the press release:
Garth Martens won the award for “Inheritance and Other Poems,” a selection from his work-in-progress manuscript entitled The Motive of Machines. Martens is a 28-year-old writer whose literary work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Grain, Island Writer, and the anthology Leonard Cohen: You’re Our Man. He currently serves on the editorial board for The Malahat Review and works on a construction site in Kelowna, BC. His experience with machinery features prominently in his poetry.
The Writers’ Trust received 120 submissions from young poets from across Canada. A jury composed of poets Kate Braid, Gail Harris, and Robert Priest selected the winner and two runners-up. The jurors read “blind” submissions, meaning that all identifying information was removed before the entries were passed along for consideration. Of Martens’ work, they said.
The curtain is raised on blue collar work. Here’s a poet of sweat and ambition and all the sensory detail and wild character that builds a world. Heroic, this writer is “smoother than concrete.”
Two finalists each received $1,000: Raoul Fernandes, a 32-year-old from Vancouver, was nominated for his collection “By Way of Explanation and Other Poems;” and Anne-Marie Turza, a 34-year-old from Victoria, was a finalist for “The Quiet iii.”
For more information about the Writers’ Trust of Canada, see writerstrust.com.