Vancouver poet Leah Horlick wins 2016 LGBT literary award

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      A Vancouver poet has won the 10th annual Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers.

      The $4,000 award, presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada, is given to writers who identify as LGBT and whose work demonstrates great potential.

      Leah Horlick, originally from Saskatoon, has published two books of poetry: For Your Own Good and Riot Lung. Horlick also co-curates Reverb, a queer, anti-oppression quarterly reading series in Vancouver.

      This year's award jury was comprised of bookseller Anjula Gogia, poet Billeh Nickerson, and writer Casey Plett.

      The jury explained why they chose Horlick for the award in a statement:

      Leah Horlick’s poetry harvests solace and beauty from lands often thought too dark to cultivate. Hers is a poetry of surviving and, indeed, thriving in the spaces where prairie meets ocean and where love can be complicated. Both Riot Lung and For Your Own Good are must reads. Rarely has a poet transformed silence and taboo into such potent epiphanies.

      Honours of distinction will be given to poet Gwen Benaway and author jia qing wilson-yang, who will each receive $250 awards.

      The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Toronto on June 18 at the Canadian Writers' Summit.

      Past winners of the prize include B.C. writers and poets C.E. Gatchalian, Amber Dawn, and Michael V. Smith.

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