Fed members Arleen Paré and Christopher Levenson are among the five finalists nominated for Poetry in the 2014 Governor General’s Award the Canada Council for the Arts has announced.
Paré was nominated for her book Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books); Levenson for Night Vision (Quattro Books). They will be in the running with:
- Sadiqa de Meijer, Leaving Howe Island, Oolichan Books;
- Julie Joosten, Light Light, BookThug;
- Garth Martens, Prologue for the Age of Consequence, House of Anansi Press.
Arleen Paré has graduate degrees in Social Work, Adult Education and Creative Writing (Poetry). Originally from Montreal, she worked for over two decades in Vancouver in Social Service bureaucracies. Paré has published three books, Paper Trail, Leaving Now, and Lake of Two Mountains, and a fourth will be released in Fall, 2015.
She resides in Victoria, where she lives with her partner, Chris Fox. She has two adult sons.
Read an interview with Arleen Paré by FBCW Vancouver Island Board Representative Ann Graham Walker.
Christopher Levenson is married with four grown sons and has lived with Oonagh, his Irish wife, in Vancouver since moving there in the summer of 2007. His first book of poetry was published in 1959. Of the subsequent ten volumes, the most recent is Local Time (Ottawa, 2006). He was also co-founder and editor of Arc magazine for its first ten years and co-founded the Harbinger Poets imprint of Carleton University Press. Apart from travelling and writing, he takes a keen interest in the arts, especially painting, music and architecture.
Winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards will be announced Nov. 18.