2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers Winner

The Mistress and the Ping by Noor Naga 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace finalist

Noor Naga
The Mistress and the Ping”


Noor Naga for "The Mistress and the Ping" 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award finalist

Jury Citation

“The Mistress and the Ping” is constructed from exhilarating, mile-a-minute prose poems that are fresh, provocative, and often funny. These visceral pieces take surprising hairpin turns, pulling the reader through proclamations, inquiries, and bursts of self-doubt. Noor Naga achieves all this with a language that is rich and sensory, and a visually rigid structure that counter-intuitively unfolds to allow a multiplicity of pacing and play.

About the Author

Noor Naga was born in Philadelphia, raised in Dubai, studied in Toronto, and currently lives in Alexandria, Egypt. Her writing has appeared in The Puritan, Hart House Review, Muftah, and The Sultan’s Seal and was shortlisted for Room magazine’s 2015 Fiction Contest. She received a Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s, and the Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman Graduate Scholarship and Avie Bennett Emerging Writers Scholarship from the University of Toronto, where she completed her MA in creative writing.

Listen to the finalists readings from our RBC Bronwen Wallace ceremony below; skip to 13:08 to hear Noor Naga reading "The Mistress and the Ping".

Read the 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award finalist poetry in pdf.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


June 20 for books published between Jan 1 and June 19, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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