(from an email by Toronto League of Canadian Poets rep, Allan Briesmaster)
At the League of Canadian Poets Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon on Saturday, my motion was approved unanimously, and the new annual award for the best book of poetry by a League member is now named the Raymond Souster Award. I would appreciate it if one of you who regularly visits Ray would give him this news.
The Award will be presented for the first time at the next Annual General Meeting, which will very likely be in Toronto on the second weekend in June next year, though there will not be an official announcement for a while yet. The League’s Nominating Committee proposed David Day, Louise Halfe, and Barry Dempster as the jurors for the Award for 2013, and they were approved by acclamation. Penn Kemp volunteered and was acclaimed as the Alternate juror.
As you know, this Award will be administered in the same way as the League’s other prestigious awards, the Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther awards. It was long overdue. There are currently some 675 League members, and of course a new book by any of them will be eligible.
Thank you, David, for coming up with this idea and putting it forward at last year’s AGM.
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I bet the “tropical” weather is far more bearable, if not downright pleasant, out there in the Gardens, compared to here! Say hi to Jim for me and Holly. We are fine, thanks.
peace & poetry power!
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