Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce that Jenna Lyn Albert has been awarded the The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize for her debut poetry collection, Bec & Call (Nightwood Editions).
The New Brunswick Book Awards are the result of collaboration between Canada's oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, which has nurtured New Brunswick's literary culture for close to 75 years, and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick, which for over 30 years has passionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development.
Earlier this year, Albert was appointed as the City of Fredericton's next poet laureate. She started on January 28 and will serve for a two-year term. She is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and holds a master’s degree in English (Creative Writing) and an undergraduate degree in English. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence and The Puritan.
Her award-winning collection, Bec & Call, is rife with colloquialisms, irony and a healthy dose of sass. Her poems refuse to be silent or subtle; instead they delve into the explicit, the audacious, the boldly personal. The roles of Acadienne and feminist come with the responsibility of speaking up, and Albert’s work in Bec & Call vocalizes the societal dérangement of Acadian culture amidst the accruing difficulties women encounter as a result of rape culture and misogyny.
The winners of the New Brunswick Book Awards were announced at an awards presentation ceremony on Saturday, May 25, at the Moncton Press Club.