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Czaga up for G.G.

October 07th, 2015

Kayla Czaga’s debut poetry collection, For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood Editions, stomach 2014), has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award in the Poetry category.

Since 1937, the Governor General’s Award has honoured the best in Canadian literature, with seven different categories for both English and French-language authors. All finalists receive $1,000, and the winners, who will be revealed on October 28th, will each receive $25,000.

For Your Safety Please Hold On, which was also shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize earlier this year, moves thematically from family, to girlhood, to adulthood, and the poems are permeated by Czaga’s lively voice and quick-witted, playful language. Her linguistic hopscotch beautifully tests the line between honest humour and bitter reality in a sophisticated, incisive manner that tugs at the gut and feels true.

Kayla Czaga grew up in Kitimat and now lives in Vancouver, BC, where she recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. Her poetry, non-fiction and fiction have been published in The Walrus, Best Canadian Poetry 2013, Room Magazine, Event and The Antigonish Review, among others. For Your Safety Please Hold On is her first book.

Other English-language finalists for the Governor General’s Award in Poetry include Liz Howard’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada), M. Travis Lane’s Crossover (Cormorant Books), Patrick Lane’s Washita (Harbour Publishing), and Robyn Sarah’s My Shoes Are Killing Me (Biblioasis).

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