Long Poem Prize - Meet the Judges

Jordan Abel

Jordan Abel

Jordan Abel is a Nisga'a writer from Vancouver. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). Currently, Abel lives in Edmonton where he teaches Creative Writing and Indigenous Literatures at the University of Alberta.


Sonnet L'Abbé

Sonnet L'Abbé

Sonnet L’Abbé, Ph.D. is the author of A Strange Relief and Killarnoe, and was the 2014 guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry. Her chapbook, Anima Canadensis, was published by Junction Books in 2016, and won the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award. In her next collection, Sonnet’s Shakespeare (McClelland and Stewart, 2019) L’Abbé writes over all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets. L'Abbé is a professor of Creative Writing and English at Vancouver Island University.


Gillian Sze

Gillian Sze

Gillian Sze is the author of nine poetry collections, including Peeling Rambutan and Redrafting Winter, both of which were finalists for the QWF A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry. She studied Creative Writing and English Literature at Concordia University and received a Ph.D. in Études anglaises from Université de Montréal. Gillian has served as a judge for various writing competitions including This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, the National Magazine Awards, and the bpNichol Chapbook Award. Her most recent book, Panicle, was published by ECW Press and is nominated for the QWF A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Her current project, a book of essays, is supported by a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Originally from Winnipeg, she now resides in Montreal where she teaches creative writing and literature.

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