The Response of Weeds Wins the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry!

Jun 10, 2021

Congratulations to Bertrand Bickersteth!

We are proud to announce that his debut collection The Response of Weeds has won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry at the 2021 Alberta Literary Awards!

Thanks to the award organizers and judges! Please check out the Writers' Guild of Alberta news release, and you can see the video of the award announcement and acceptance here.

Here's what the jury had to say about The Response of Weeds:
"The Response of Weeds calls and responds to the power of the word. This exceptional collection probes place, race, and history through the manipulation of language. These formidable poems, each expressed in a powerful voice, use jazz and biography to destabilize the presumed history of a Western province through its geographical features and flora."

Bertand is also nominated for the 2020 City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. The award winner will be announced on June 21st at 11:45 am via livestream. Fingers crossed!