I was very pleased to learn that Helpless Angels, my 2017 title from Thistledown Press, has just been shortlisted for the Lohn Foundation Prize for Poetry, one of the 2020 Western Canada Jewish Book Awards. Originally, the winner was to be announced April 23, but due to the virus lockdown, the announcement has been postponed until “later in the fall.”

The Awards are presented biannually, but no poetry award was given in 2018 (covering books from 2016 and 2017). So this year, books in contention are from 2016 to 2019. In 2016 my book of Slocan Valley short fiction, The Shadows We Mistake for Love (2015), won their inaugural prize for fiction.