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

April 9, 2024

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…

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Daniel Lockhart nominated for Souster poetry award

April 25, 2022

D.A. Lockhart, a resident this spring at the Al Purdy A-frame, has been shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP). Lockhart’s Bearmen Descend Upon Gimli (Frontenac House, 2021) is a contemporary myth told in lyric form. From the jurors: D.A. Lockhart’s cinematic novel-in-verse, Bearmen Descend Upon Gimli, features…

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Steven Heighton, long-time A-frame supporter, dies at 60

April 20, 2022

Many of you will have already learned the sad, sad news that poet, novelist and musician Steven Heighton has died at 60 from cancer. The accolades are well deserved. I’m not sure how old Steven was when he started visiting Al and Eurithe at the A-frame. Maybe in his twenties. The photos show his long…

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March 3, 2022

AMELIASBURGH, Ont. – The Al Purdy A-frame Association is pleased to announce the writers-in-residence for the 2022-23 season at the A-frame in Prince Edward County. Prior to the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic, five writers-in-residence had been announced for the 2020 season. In consultation with the writers, the residencies have been rescheduled for 2022.…

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Ben Is Back

December 9, 2021

Last year the A-frame Association launched online workshops, thanks to Ben Ladouceur. The response was really favourable. “Thanks for the amazing workshop — just so soul-soothing.” “The atmosphere was supportive, the prompts useful, and the example poems presented were both various and excellent. It was fun.” — 2021 Workshop Participants The Al Purdy A-frame Association…

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Sadiqa de Meijer wins 2021 GG non-fiction prize

November 30, 2021

Congratulations to A-frame alumna Sadiqa de Meijer, whose Alfabet/Alphabet has won the non-fiction category of the Governor General’s Literay Awards for 2021.  Alfabet/Alphabet, published by Palimpsest Press, is the record of de Meijer’s transition from speaking Dutch to English. The peer assessment committee — Sarah de Leeuw, Amanda Leduc and Evelyn C. White — had…

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Sadiqa de Meijer Shortlisted for GG Literary Award

October 14, 2021

A-frame alumna Sadiqa de Meijer’s Alfabet/Alphabet has been shorlitsted in the non-fiction category of the Governor General’s Literay Awards for 2021. Congratulations! Winners will be announced on November 17. Alfabet/Alphabet, published by Palimpsest Press, is the record of de Meijer’s transition from speaking Dutch to English. “These lucid, penetrating meditations on language, loss, and identity…

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A-frame alumna Madhur Anand wins 2020 GG non-fiction award

October 6, 2021

Madhur Anand’s This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart was awarded the 2020 Governor General’s prize for non-fiction. The awards were delayed until June of this year because of the pandemic. Congratulations to Madhur, an A-frame alumna. “An innovative, moving account of three generations of a South Asian Canadian family as they negotiate time,…

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Congratulations to A-frame Alumni

May 5, 2021

Former A-frame residents are finalists for three 2020 Governor General’s Awards. Madhur Anand’s The Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart (Strange Light/Penguin Random House Canada) is a finalist in the non-fiction category. Oana Avasilichioaei is a finalist in two categories: Eight Track (Talonbooks) in poetry, and The Neptune Room (Book*hug Press) in translation (Bertrand…

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April 12, 2021

Due to the COVID pandemic, residencies for 2020 were deferred or split. We anticipate that it will take all of 2021 and well into 2022 to reschedule those writers. As a result, there will likely be reduced weeks available for this Call. Community projects will resume when public health officials signify that such activities are…

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Announcing New Online A-frame Workshops With Rachel McCrum

March 17, 2021

Participants in the Ben Ladouceur workshops really enjoyed them, and asked for more. Ben has arranged for Rachel McCrum to lead a series of three workshops on the following dates: •    Tues. April 27—8 p.m.-9 p.m. EDT •    Sat. May 1—1 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT •    Tues May 4—4 p.m.-5 p.m. EDT Each workshop will be…

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