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Rachel Rose Wins 2016 Pushcart Prize!

Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015 at 3:51pm

Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose has just won a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her poem, “White Lilies,” that will be appearing in Marry & Burn, her forthcoming collection from Harbour Publishing (2015). This is Rose's second Pushcart Prize— she is the recipient of a 2014 Pushcart Prize and was nominated for a second 2016 Pushcart Prize as well. "White Lilies" was nominated for the prize by PRISM international. The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series has been published since 1976 and has represented hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays in their annual collections.

Rose's fourth collection, Marry & Burn, will be released in October 2015. It is a journey through a troubled relationship and a troubled city, charting the territory of love and addiction, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Inspired by struggles both personal and global, these are not gentle poems—they probe deep into comforting personal and cultural myths, rending them to pieces even as they expose the beauty in the bright shards that remain.

Rachel Rose's work has appeared in various journals including Poetry, The Malahat Review and The Best American Poetry, as well as numerous anthologies. Her most recent poetry collection, Song & Spectacle (Harbour, 2012) won the Audre Lorde Award in the US and the Pat Lowther Award in Canada. She was the librettist for the opera When the Sun Comes Out, which grapples with fundamentalism and forbidden love. She is the winner of the Peterson Memorial Prize for poetry and the Bronwen Wallace award for fiction. She is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver for 2014–2017.