2018 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers Finalist

Trish Salah Dayne Ogilvie Prize finalist

Trish Salah

Jury Citation 

Trish Salah’s poetry is ambulant, ecstatic, and deeply pleasurable. It shakes everything awake. At once asking you to slow down for meaning and speed up for desire, Salah propels the reader through cataclysmic line breaks, emotional changes of form, across temporality and subjectivity, all with a glinting “I” cast back on itself. Her poems produce mysteries even as they reveal themselves to you, to find there is no end to the longing. An emerging trans poetic is on dazzling display here, and it is in very capable hands for the foreseeable future.

About the Author

Trish Salah is a poet who has authored two collections: Lyric Sexology Vol. 1 and Wanting in Arabic, for which she won a Lambda Literary Award in 2014. Born and raised in Halifax, Salah is currently based in Kingston, Ontario, where she is a professor of gender studies at Queen’s University. Her creative and scholarly work addresses transgender and transsexual politics and experience, diasporic Arab identity and culture, anti-racism, and queer politics.




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Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


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