A golden pen

Cal­gary poet Vi­vian Hansen wins noted award for her life­time achieve­ments

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Cal­gary poet Vi­vian Hansen has been awarded the Golden Pen Award for Life­time Achieve­ment as part of the Al­berta Lit­er­ary Awards.

Hansen’s books of po­etry in­clude 2002’s Ley­lines of My Flesh, 2013’s A Bit­ter Mood of Clouds and 2017’s A Tinc­ture of Sun­light. She also teaches cre­ative writ­ing at The Univer­sity of Cal­gary and the Alexan­dra Writ­ers Cen­tre.

The win­ners of the awards, cre­ated by the Writ­ers Guild of Al­berta, were an­nounced Thurs­day in an on­line video.

Other Cal­gary win­ners in­cluded Naomi K. Lewis, who picked up the Wil­frid Eg­gle­ston Award for Non­fic­tion for her mem­oir Tiny Lights for Trav­ellers. Tara Bea­gan picked up the Gwen Pharis Ring­wood Award for Drama for Hon­our Beat; Paulo da Costa was given the James H. Gray Award for Short Non­fic­tion for Learn­ing to Shave, Learn­ing to Leave, which orig­i­nally ran in The Fid­dle­head; Ali Bryan won the Howard O’hagan Award for Short Story for The Big Man in Cargo Shorts, which ran in Al­berta Views; Julie Se­divy picked up the Jon Wyte Me­mo­rial Es­say Award for Te­le­scop­ing.

Ma­rina Endi­cott picked up the 2020 Robert Kroetsch City of Ed­mon­ton Book Prize for her novel, The Dif­fer­ence.

The City of Cal­gary’s W.O. Mitchell Prize will be re­vealed on Wed­nes­day. The fi­nal­ists are Sharon Bu­tala for her short-story col­lec­tion Sea­son of Fury and Won­der, Lewis for Tiny Lights for Trav­ellers and Teresa Wong for her graphic mem­oir Dear Scar­let: The Story of my Post­par­tum De­pres­sion.

Cal­gary poet Vi­vian Hansen.

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