I am happy to announce that Prairie Ostrich was awarded The Writer’s Trust of Canada’s $4,000 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. The 8th annual prize recognizes LGBT emerging writers of any age whose published work “demonstrated great literary promise.” The jury was comprised of author and artist Anna Camilleri, Cree poet Connie Fife and memorist/broadcaster William Whitehead.
The jury notes “In Prairie Ostrich, [Kobayashi] has drawn a compelling young character, Egg Murakami, who guides us through the fault lines and intersections of family, loss, and otherness. This novel is for anyone who has spent time on the outside, looking in.”
Honours of distinction went to Rae Spoon and Proma Tagore. Rae Spoon is the author of the fiction title First Spring Grass Fire, a Lambda Award finalist, and Gender Failure (Arsenal Pulp Press), a collection of essays and lyrics co-authored with Ivan E. Coyote.
Proma Tagore is the author of the poetry collection language is not the only thing that breaks,and has edited In Our Own Voices: Learning and Teaching Toward Decolonisation (Larkuma) and The Shapes of Silence: Writing by Women of Colour and the Politics of Testimony (McGill-Queen’s University Press).
Many thanks to all, this is such an honour!