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Nick Thran Nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry


Monday, December 1, 2014 at 4:46pm

Congratulations are in order for Nightwood author Nick Thran, who has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry for his second collection, Earworm.

The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987--the province’s leading award for literature--to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing. The Trillium Book Award for Poetry was established in 2003 to recognize new and emerging poets. The $10,000 prize is awarded to a deserving Ontario poet for a first, second or third book.

The jury for this year’s poetry award says of Thran’s work: “Here is an answer to why poetry matters, to how alchemical stanzas can turn experience to gold. Earworm is just as likely to make you cry as laugh, long and loud.”

Earworm expertly combines wicked cleverness, adept craftsmanship and a uniquely insightful perspective in an entertaining yet substantial tour de force. Building on the success of his debut, Thran has enhanced his compelling pop culture rhythms and distinctive voice with bolder formal experimentation and greater poetic maturity.

This eclectic collection takes in topics ranging from cartoons to Caravaggio to cicadas, expressed in a comparable variety of poetic forms. Despite this diversity, the book is unified by its perfectly balanced blend of thoughtful observation laced with Thran’s characteristically whimsical sense of humour.

Nick Thran is the author of one previous collection of poetry, Every Inadequate Name (Insomniac Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in numerous publications across Canada, including Arc, Best Canadian Poetry 2010, Geist, Maisonneuve, Matrix, National Post and The Walrus. Since growing up in western Canada, southern Spain and southern California, Nick has spent the last few years living in Brooklyn, New York and Toronto. 

The other authors nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry are Helen Guri for Match (Coach House PRess) and Jacob McArthur Mooney for Folk (McClelland & Stewart). The winners will be announced on June 20, 2012.