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Dandurand wins lucrative prize

November 02nd, 2022

Joseph Dandurand has won the 2022 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize that is awarded to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian poetry.  The prize comes with a purse of $25,000.

The Judges’ comments: “Joseph Dandurand’s oeuvre is a marvel of witness, expressing tough, unflinching truths. His voice blends the streetwise with the oracular. Dandurand’s instantly relatable poems are deep, deep dives into rhythms that build a history of survival in place, wise to all that’s frail, strong, funny, and hopeful.”

The prize was presented by its 2021 winner Weyman Chan, with the winner chosen by a jury composed of poets including Weyman Chan, Luke Hathaway, and January Rogers. It is sponsored by the Latner Family Foundation.


About Writers’ Trust of Canada  
Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs including 11 national literary awards, financial grants, career development initiatives for emerging writers, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization in the country. Additional information is available at

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