This year’s jury was composed of poets Katia Grubisic of Montreal, and Ben Ladouceur and Hoa Nguyen, both of Toronto.
From the jury: “roberts speaks with clarity and certainty, in a firm and haunting voice. This is an author clearly driven by a need to articulate what is missed. She is unafraid to end a poem abruptly and to let the quiet that follows do some of the speaking. She’s also clearly having fun – with physics, with form, with the second grammar of the line break, and with memories joyous and shocking and neither and both.”
Writing is an opportunity for the pleasure of making, and being published and paid is chocolate in the Mole. What kind of electric is it when above all that goodness someone illuminates the work and publishes praise for it?
I don’t write to hear nice things about my work but it is sparkle and melody when such words are bestowed, especially from one’s peers.
rushes from the river disappoinment was a finalist for a Two Sylvias Press poetry book prize March of last year, and contains work that is prize-winning, critically praised in The Review Review, Pushcart Prize nominated, translated into Farsi, and widely featured in periodicals such as Verse Daily, Crannóg Magazine, The New Quarterly, Breakwater Review, The Indianapolis Review, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Arcturus, Banshee, and Burning House Press.