2016 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers Honour of Distinction


Gwen Benaway 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize

Gwen Benaway

Jury Citation 

Gwen Benaway’s first collection of poetry is truth telling in grace. An unflinching look at intergenerational trauma, Ceremonies of the Dead is a stellar contribution to contemporary Canadian poetry. Benaway digs deep and pulls you in, revealing light and love in the midst of violence. She is a poet to watch.

About the Author

Gwen Benaway is a two-spirited poet of Anishinaabe and M├ętis descent. She was born in Huron Country and currently lives in Toronto. Her first collection of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, was published in 2013 and her second collection is forthcoming from Kegedonce Press this fall.



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