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Congratulations to Caitlin Author Adam Pottle

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 at 1:18pm

Congratulations to Caitlin Press author Adam Pottle! Adam's debut book, Beautiful Mutants, has been shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Awards in two categories: First Book Award and Award for Poetry.

Pottle, born in Kamloops, BC, is a graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan. He was thrilled to hear the news. “It's wonderful to be nominated. I hope that as a result of being shortlisted, more people will read this book and see the possibilities inherent in living with a disability. I hope people will see that disability can be liberating instead of stigmatic, refreshing instead of discouraging.”

The winners of the Saskatchewan Book Awards will be announced on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at a gala at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

Beautiful Mutants is an edgy and jarring collection that cracks open the world of disability in all its many forms. Difficult as their circumstances may seem, Pottle’s denizens learn to navigate the world with creative resolve, even defiance, searching for an identity that includes their disabilities rather than spites them. His poems scrape our nerves; they test and undermine poetic forms, challenging our own sensibilities in the process.

Adam is no stranger to the world of disability his book explores—he was born with a hearing impairment, and his own experiences infuse the poems in Beautiful Mutants with insight. Anne Simpson, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, calls Beautiful Mutants a “striking, powerful debut collection of poems—not just a book, it is a ‘city made out of language’ where words are the traffic.”