Poet strikes winning chord
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 27, 2019 - People in Business

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An Okanagan poet has captured a national award.

Erin Scott’s poem, Atrophy, has been named the winner of the 2019 John Lent Poetry and Prose Award. Kalamalka Press, which is based out of Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, published the work.

“There’s a gorgeous weight to Atrophy, and at the same it’s marked by such a sharp self-awareness—in this way all of its voices and sounds strike us as sweetly human,” judges Jake Kennedy, an OC instructor, and Vernon-based novelist and poet Laisha Rosnau said in a press release.

“The music of the manuscript is never forced or ironic, and the narrative of the poem itself has an undeniable urgency. We think this is beautiful work, and we’re thrilled to select it for the John Lent Poetry and Prose Award.”

Scott is a poet and performer living and working in the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx-Okanagan people in Kelowna.

Lent was a founding member of Kalamalka Press and taught at Okanagan College for 26 years.

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