Sina Queyras on alienation, poetry, queer sexuality and car culture (the latter is the subject of her new collection, Expressway) in this week's Xtra!:
'It's easy to spot Sina Queyras in a crowd. She's the one standing on the fringes of the group, fiddling with her camera or writing in a notebook. "I am usually marked as 'outsider,' she says — an observation that feeds into her poetry.
It has been a terribly exciting week of award nominations at the old Coach House! This morning, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award finalists, and we're thrilled to say that Sean Dixon was nominated for his play A God in Need of Help, as was Rhonda Mullins for her translation of Élise Turcotte's Guyana.
Congratulations, André! His gorgeous novel, Pastoral, is a finalist for the esteemed Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize.
The Writers’ Trust of Canada revealed this morning the finalists for two major prizes for excellence in Canadian fiction: the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Writers’ Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. The announcement was made at Ben McNally Books.
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