finalist A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry


stephanie roberts finalist A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

October 17, 2020, the Quebec Writers’ Federation announces rushes from the river disappointment as a finalists for the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry. It comes with a purse of $3,000.

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.”

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In 2018, Black Mountain Press named stephanie roberts as the first place poet, in the anthology, The Sixty-Four Best Poets of 2018.

“Roberts writes with wit and attitude …” a laudatory review from NewPages

IMG_20190430_stephanie roberts authorWriting 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.

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My deep thanks and gratitude to Katy Haas and NewPages for their supportive words for my work “Lady Fine Is for Sugar,” from an unpublished manuscript, featured in the March 2020 issue of POETRY Magazine, and the anthology The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT, Haymarket Books.

most anticipated: poetry preview spring 2020


graphic: McGill-Queen’s University Press

49th Shelf lists rushes from the river disappointment (May 2020) as one of their most anticipated poetry collections of 2020.

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winner of The Sixty-Four: Best Poets of 2018 anthology

September 19, 2019, the team at Black Mountain Press announced the selection of stephanie roberts as the first place poet, in the inaugural anthology, The Sixty-Four Best Poets of 2018.

The featured poems “EINIGE KREISE (Several Circles)” and “Overcast,” were first published in L’Éphémère Review, Issue X, May/June 2018, and Banshee, Issue #6, respectively.

The League of Canadian Poets featured “Overcast,” as the July 11, 2019 daily Poetry Pause, from the forthcoming collection rushes from the river disappointment (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2020).

honoured & delighted to announce…

IMG_20190430_stephanie roberts authorMy first collection accepted for traditional publication will be released with McGill-Queen’s University Press as part of the Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series.

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 .

This release is scheduled for the May of 2020.

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