Garth Martens wins RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writer

April 7, 2011

from Writers Trust of Canada

Garth Martens has won the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for “Inheritance and Other Poems.” Martens is a 28-year-old, Victoria-based writer whose work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Grain, Island Writer, and the anthology Leonard Cohen: You’re Our Man. He serves on the editorial board for The Malahat Review and works on a construction site in Kelowna, BC. His experience with machinery features prominently in his poetry. “Inheritance and Other Poems” is a selection from his work-in-progress manuscript entitled The Motive of Machines.


Montreal Poetry Prize

April 3, 2011

We’re not involved, but applaud the effort….

The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22. The final deadline is
July 8, 2011.

The Montreal International Poetry Prize will award $50,000 for a single poem in any style and in any English dialect. We will also produce an annual global poetry anthology – something curiously missing from our cultural environment.

To reflect its global perspective, the Montreal Prize has assembled an editorial board of accomplished poets from Australia, Canada, England, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Ireland and the US.

These poets will select 50 poems for the competition’s shortlist, which will be published in a unique global poetry anthology, representing the very latest work from around the world. From these finalists, Andrew Motion will select the winner of the prize. The international nature of our advisory board is a further expression of our global mission and includes Ben Okri, Don Paterson, and Jeet Thayil, to name a few.

As the Montreal Prize is a grassroots non-profit in its first year, we’re appealing to those interested in promoting poetry to help spread the word about our project. So we’re hoping that once you’ve had a look at our website at, you’ll consider informing your students, friends and colleagues about this ambitious, fun and hopefully inspiring new project for poets everywhere. You can also find out more about us at

The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22.

Penn and Möe Show

October 1, 2010

Penn with paper, Möe Clark standing.

Yesterday, on a day when the sky bore down, flooding Canada’s poetry capital, Westmount, Quebec, Penn Kemp(London, Ontario’s Poet Laureate) and Möe Clark(2010 Leonard Cohen Poet In Residence at Westmount High) did the dazzle at Westmount Public Library. Before that, Penn gave workshops at Westmount High and to a large, enthusiastic crowd at the library. I wish I had such energy. Special thanks to Donna Lach and the Westmount Library, Principal Michael Cristofaro and teacher Ryan Ruddick from Westmount High, the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada, the Canada Council, the Foundation for Public Poetry, and the Westmount Independent for publicizing the event.

Penn Kemp at Westmount High.

Penn presenting a master class at Westmount Library.