honors and awards

The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Ontario Arts Council, and bpNichol Memorial Foundation have honored my work with numerous grants. The writing of each of my full-length poetry books was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

UC Berkeley supported my creative and scholarly writing. Twice my poetry was awarded its highest literary honor, the Eisner Prize. The writing of American Urban Poetics won a President’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship in a UC-wide competition, and two UC Berkeley-wide Mentored Research Award Fellowships.

Creative

Shortlisted for the 2018 Sexton Poetry Prize, Eyewear Publishing, London, February 2019
Faculty Development Award for Writing, Holy Names University, Spring 2019
Poetry Fellowship, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, Summer 2017
4 Canada Council Arts Literature Grants for Poetry, 1994-2003
2 Eisner Literature Prizes for Poetry, University of California, 2000 & 2002
Shortlisted for the K.M. Hunter Artists Literature Award through the Ontario Arts Council, 2001
14 Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Grants through Arc, Black Moss Press, Netherlandic Press, Cormorant Books, The Canadian Forum, Open Letter, Poetry Canada, and Coach House Press, 1987-1996
3 Ontario Arts Council Works-in-Progress Grants, 1992-2000
Pushcart Prize nomination, six selections from Pregnant Poems, 1994
Six Months Rent shortlisted for The Pat Lowther Memorial Award, 1992
Canada Council Explorations Grant, 1988
Ontario Film Development Corporation Scriptwriting Grant, 1988

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