Victoria Book Prizes

“Maleea Acker (at left) joins four other writers shortlisted this year for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Three writers are up for the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize. Read more here.FULL STORY



Ian Thomas

July 13th, 2023

With an MSc in biological sciences, Ian Thomas works for the non-profit Ancient Forest Alliance, but he also writes poetry. Thomas won the 2023 Raven Chapbooks Poetry Contest for his debut collection Green Islands: Poems from the Great Bear Rainforest (Raven Chapbooks $22.95) to be launched September 22. Publicity for the award compares Thomas’ poetry to the British poet Ted Hughes’ collection River (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), adding that Thomas’ language is “sinuous and surprising” and that it isn’t “imposed on the landscape but rather seems to rise from it like a blessing.” Raven Chapbooks launched its annual poetry contest in 2020, which is open to emerging and established poets in BC.

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