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Calgary poet Vivian Hansen wins Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement

Calgary poet Vivian Hansen.
Calgary poet Vivian Hansen.

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.

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