Short Story and Poetry Contest / Winter 2010
About the Judges

A panel of eight judges selected the winners and runners-up in the 2009 Alumni Short Story and Poetry contest


Shannon Bramer is the author of The Refrigerator Memory, published by Coach House Books in 2005.

Lynn Crosbie (PhD 1996) is a cultural critic, Globe and Mail columnist and the author of several books of poetry, including Missing Children, Liar and Queen Rat.

Ray Hsu (BA2001 Victoria, MA2002) is the author of Anthropy, which received the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry.

Zoe Whittall is the author of two novels, Holding Still For As Long As Possible and Bottle Rocket Hearts, and three books of poetry, most recently Precordial Thump.


Lee Gowan is a writer and head of the Creative Writing Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto. His first novel, Make Believe Love, was nominated for the Trillium Award in 2002 and his most recent novel, Confession, was published by Knopf, Canada this year.

Allyson Latta is an editor of literary fiction and non-fiction, and a freelance writer. She runs Days Road Writers’ Workshops and teaches memoir writing at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies.

Andrew Pyper holds a BAand MAin English Literature from McGill University and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He is the author of four novels, most recently The Killing Circle, which was selected a Crime Novel of the Year by the New York Times.

Rebecca Hilda Rosenblum’s fiction collection, Once, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was one of Quill & Quire’s 15 Books That Mattered in 2008. She blogs about things she likes at Rosenblum received her master’s of English and creative writing from the University of Toronto in 2007.


The winners of the 2009 Alumni Short Story and Poetry Contest are Kerry Clare (BA 2002 Victoria, MA 2007) for her story “Georgia Coffee Star” and Cory Ingram(BA 2007 Woodsworth) for his poem “Bubbles.” Clare and Ingram each received $500.

The runners-up are Liam Lacey (BA 1978 Victoria) for his story Remorse and the Post-Op Denver Convention”and Luke Henry Howie for his poem “The Dog (Pic Mobert).”

Lacey also won a Readers’ Choice Award for his story. Laura Rock (BA 1986 St. Michael’s) won a Readers’ Choice Award – for her poem “In Rocco’s House (My Grandmother’s Poor Beginning)”

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