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Providence Instructor’s Book Garners Award Nominations
2015-04-22
 
Luann Hiebert’s book of poems, What Lies Behind, is up for a pair of prizes at this weekend’s Manitoba Book Awards event at Winnipeg’s Marlborough Hotel (April 25, 7:00 p.m.).
 
Hiebert, an Instructor of English Literature at Providence University College, stands to win one or both of the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book and the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry.
 
She’ll also be holding a release event at the Jake Epp Library in Steinbach on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.
 
Hiebert says the nominations are “honours and validations” of her writing and of her project as a whole. She’s also bullish about poetry in the province, saying “the fact that two of the four [Eileen McTavish Sykes Award] nominees are books of poetry gives evidence that Manitoba has a vibrant literary community and that poets continue to offer something distinctive and meaningful to readers.”
 
What Lies Behind is case in point.
 
According to publisher Turnstone Press, Hiebert’s work “explodes the notion of the common and the everyday. The seductive songs of motherhood and love and springtime on the prairies are confronted with illness, death and the coldness of time marching on without us.”
 
For inspiration Hiebert likes to write in various spaces, including coffee shops next to windows, outdoors among nature or simply in her home office—and each is evident in the text.
 
“Each space inspires moods, images, memories and themes in my poems,” she says.
 
The Manitoba Book Awards are presented annually by the Manitoba Writers’ guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers.
 
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