Emily Nilsen is in good company.
Nilsen, a master of fine arts student at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has been long-listed for CBC’s annual poetry prize.
Nilsen, from Nelson, BC, is listed with 37 other poets as the best of the bards in this year’s contest. The shortlist will be announced September 8 and the grand prize will be awarded at the end of this month. Two of Nilsen’s poems, As We Bend and Three Poems, were selected from hundreds of submissions to the annual national poetry contest.
This is the first time Nilsen, who has been writing poetry since she was in fifth grade, has entered the contest and she’s excited to be long-listed. The grand prize winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, publication in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, and a two-week residency at The Banff Centre in Alberta.