Creative Nonfiction Collective’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Congratulations to Theresa Kishkan, winner of the inaugural CNFC Readers’ Choice Award.

The press release appears below:

Theresa Kishkan wins first annual CNFC Readers’ Choice Award

April 30, 2009

Banff, Alberta

The Creative Nonfiction Collective (CNFC) announced the winner of its Readers’ Choice Award at a ceremony at The Banff Centre on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Members of the CNFC, a national writers’ organization, voted to name Theresa Kishkan as the Best in Show winner at the inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards.

Kishkan, a poet and essayist from Pender Harbour, B.C., won for her writing from Phantom Limb (Thistledown). At the CNFC’s annual conference in Banff, Kishkan was chosen from a short list of nine nominees, whose work demonstrates the stylistic and thematic range of Canadian creative nonfiction published over the past two years.

The other nominees were:

· Trisha Cull for “Roman Dogs” (in Imagining British Columbia: Land, Memory & Place, Anvil Press)

· Trevor Herriot for Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds (HarperCollins)

· Annette Woudstra for The Green Heart of the Tree: Essays and Notes on a Time in Africa (University of Alberta Press)

· Susan Olding for Pathologies: A Life in Essays (Broadview)

· Thomas Hayden for Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World (BenBella Books)

· Lily Hoy Price for I Am Full Moon: Stories of a Ninth Daughter (Brindle & Glass)

· Deborah Campbell for “Exodus. Where Will Iraq Go Next!” (in Harper’s)

· Patricia MacQuarrie for Deadly Canadian Women (Quagmire Press)

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