As you must already know, last month Anna Swanson won a Lammy for Lesbian Poetry. This month, Anna also won the Gerald Lampert Award!! (Two exclamations for two awards!) This is what she had to say about winning both awards:
To be honest, I’m still kind of gobsmacked about the whole thing! I never really thought beyond getting the book published, which was thrilling in and of itself. Winning the Gerald Lampert and a Lambda in such a short span of time is wreaking havoc on my punctuation – I have far far exceeded my quota of exclamation marks in the past few weeks.
It’s okay, Anna! You have good reason for the overuse of exclamation marks! Here at Tightrope Books, we’re so ecstatic about the news that we can’t help it either!
Here is what Anna had to say about the LCP ceremony:
The whole night was fantastic. I got to hear some great readings, and meet some poets I admire. And what a fabulous room of people – it was deeply satisfying to stand at a podium and say “Fuck you, Al Purdy” to a crowd who loves him as much as I do. It was one of those moments that made me feel like I was a part of something. And that felt good.
Head over to Anna’s website to read about her whole experience.
Todd Swift, who was the chair of the judging panel this year, also posted about Anna’s win, “If there’s one Canadian poetry book you read this year, why not start with Swanson’s?” Visit his blog to read a poem from the now two-award-winning poetry collection, The Nights Also.