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2011 Recipient of Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence

Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild congratulates LORNA CROZIER on receiving the 2011 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence.

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild was proud to host the award for the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence on September 7, 2011 at the Saskatoon Club. Cathy Fenwick, President of SWG, emceed the event. Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg presented the award to Lorna Crozier. His Honour the Honourable Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan brought greetings and congratulations. Before the reception, Lorna Crozier gave a reading.

The award honours a Saskatchewan writer who has written a substantial body of acclaimed literary work. It carries a prize of $10,000 and a framed limited edition print of a painting by Saskatchewan artist Dorothy Knowles.

Lorna Crozier was born in 1948 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Her first collection Inside in the Sky was published in 1976. Since then, she has authored 14 books of poetry, including The Garden Going on Without Us, Angels of Flesh, Angels of Silence, Inventing the Hawk, winner of the 1992 Governor-General’s Award, Everything Arrives at the Light, Apocrypha of Light, What the Living Won’t Let Go, and most recently Whetstone. Crozier has also edited two non-fiction collections — Desire in Seven Voices and Addiction: Notes from the Belly of the Beast and co-edited with poet and partner Patrick Lane the 1994 landmark collection Breathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets; in 2004, they co-edited Breathing Fire 2, once again introducing over thirty new writers to the Canadian literary world. Crozier lives close to Victoria, BC where she teaches.

This prestigious award was established in May 2010 by Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg, lawyers by profession, but philanthropists at heart. The three Honorary Patrons of the Award are: His Honour the Honourable Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan; His Worship Donald J. Atchison, Mayor of the City of Saskatoon, and Peter MacKinnon, President of the University of Saskatchewan. All were present for the occasion, along with a number of other distinguished guests.

The Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence is one of the most lucrative provincial awards in Canada.

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