2016 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist

Kerry Lee Powell

Kerry Lee Powell
Willem de Kooning's Paintbrush
Harper Avenue

Kerry Lee Powell

"Like the canvases of Willem de Kooning himself, Kerry Lee Powell’s stories are riots of imagery and sensation held together with a keen eye for craft and composition.

The book’s rag-tag, rough-and-tumble cast of characters which includes aging exotic dancers, barflies, boozehounds, and possible gang members  is often struggling, occasionally down-and-out, but always represented with dignity and respect. Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush is an exquisitely written, vibrant, and thoughtful collection that pulses with life, humour, intelligence, and great feeling, one that signals a bold new direction for the Canadian short story."

- 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla

About the Book

Ranging from an island holiday gone wrong to a dive bar on the upswing to a yuppie mother in a pricey subdivision seeing her worst fears come true, these deftly written stories are populated by barkeeps, good men down on their luck, rebellious teens, lonely immigrants, dreamers and realists, fools and quiet heroes.

About the Author

Kerry Lee Powell’s debut poetry collection, Inheritance, was nominated for the 2015 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. In 2013, she won both the Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction and the Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. Powell is the series editor of Grey Suit, a London-based contemporary visual arts archive and press funded by The Elephant Trust and the Arts Council of England. She recently moved to Toronto.




Woodcock Fund



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


May 16 for books published between Mar 14 and May 15, 2018


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