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Sandy Pool Shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award


Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 4:49pm

Nightwood Editions author Sandy Pool has been nominated for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry for Undark, An Oratorio.

The Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry is one of nine Alberta Literary Awards, administered by the Writers Guild of Alberta, which recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors.

Sandy Pool is a multidisciplinary artist and recently appointed Killam scholar. She holds a degree in Theatre Performance and English from the University of Toronto, as well as a M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University Guelph. Currently, she is a doctoral student in Canadian Literature and Poetics at the University of Calgary, where she is the editor of Dandelion magazine. Sandy’s first book, Exploding into Night, was nominated for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. She is also a librettist and voice work artist.

Undark, Pool’s luminous volume of poetry, is a dramatic elegy and poetic inquisition written in seven distinct voices. Drawing from the historical record of the ‘radium women’ who painted glow-in-the-dark numbers on watch dials in the early 1900s, the work urges us to engage deeply with questions of time and women’s history.

Other nominees for the poetry award are Jenna Butler of Edmonton for Wells (University of Alberta Press) and Nora Gould, also from Edmonton, for I See My Love More Clearly from a Distance (Brick Books). The Alberta Literary Awards come with a prize of $1500; the winners will be announced at the Alberta Book Awards Gala on Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Edmonton.