Eurithe Purdy launches $10,000 prize for best new poetry book in Canada

Al Purdy’s widow, Eurithe, has launched a literary prize to recognize the best new book of poetry in Canada, the Canadian Press reported.
The Al and Eurithe Purdy Poetry Prize will offer a $10,000 award annually to a poet who embodies “exceptional talent and a profound connection to the Canadian spirit,” said a release.
Eurithe will consult with several leading poetry experts to select the inaugural recipient of the prize, drawing on books of Canadian poetry published within the last two years.
A panel of judges will decide the winner in subsequent years.
The first winner will be announced April 21, which will mark the 24th anniversary of the award-winning poet’s death.