Lambda award!

Apparently I’ve won a Lambda! What an incredible honour to be listed with all these amazing folks. Wow. Just being nominated was such a thrill. And, as it turns out, it was a big night for Canadian queer writers. Big congratulations to everyone! And a huge appreciation to the Lambda Literary Foundation for the incredible work they do shining a spotlight on LGBT writing.

I’m still reeling, and having fun remembering that when I was coming out the formative books in my life were also Lambda winners. My first girlfriend lent me Stone Butch Blues, which I read in a single very long night and which truly did change my life.

Winning this award has been an interesting experience. I strongly identify as queer, and have for many many years, but I never used the word lesbian, even when I was only dating women forever and ever amen. I didn’t mind being called a lesbian (my parents used the word a lot and it wasn’t inaccurate), but I just loved the word queer – it fit for me. Recently I find myself in love with a man, and sometimes wonder what the queer world will make of that. I don’t feel any less queer for it, and don’t particularly want to trade in my label for any other. I’ve been happy to find out that I can follow my heart and desire even if it means changing ideas about myself. It does make winning an award as a Lesbian Poet a little complicated. But I’ve decided that I’m just going to let the joy win out – I’m feeling excited and deeply deeply honoured.

Gerald Lampert Nomination

I am thrilled and honoured and still slightly gobsmacked to have been nominated for a Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry.

And what fabulous company I’m keeping! The other nominations are:

  • The Crow’s Vow by Susan Briscoe (Signal Edition of Vehicule Press)
  • That Other Beauty by Karen Enns (Brick Books)
  • Tiny, Frantic, Stronger by Jeff Latosik (Insomniac Press)
  • [sic] by Nikki Reimer (Frontenac Press)
  • Here Is Where We Disembark by Clea Roberts (Freehand Books)

Check out the League of Canadian Poets website for more on this year’s nominations, including the Pat Lowther Award nominees, and for more information on the Gerald Lampert Award.