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Local entry makes longlist for CBC Poetry Prize

Franco Cortese made the list for Six Poems
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CBC BOOKS, CBC’s online home for literary content, together with its partners the Canada Council for the Arts and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, has announced the Longlist for the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize.

The writer from the Niagara Region who appears on the Longlist is Franco Cortese of Thorold for Six Poems.

Franco Cortese is an experimental poet living in Thorold, Ont., with his wife, Brittany May, and their son, Maverick. His work has appeared in Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, filling Station, ditch and others. His recent chapbooks include aeiou, uoiea and teksker.

He also has leaflets, booklets, nanopamphlets and other poetic ephemera out through The Blasted Tree, Penteract Press and Spacecraft Press. His work has been published in Canada and abroad, most recently in the anthology Concrete and Constraint.

The jurors for the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize are Lynn Crosbie, Olive Senior and Billy-Ray Belcourt.

The Finalists for this year’s prize will be announced on Nov. 14, 2019.

In addition to a cash prize of $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Grand Prize winner will receive a two-week writing residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and will be published on the CBC Books website. The four Runners-up will each receive $1000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will be published on CBC Books.

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