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Sherbrooke Poet Rebecca Păpucaru wins Canadian Jewish Literary Award!

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:41pm

Rebecca Păpucaru has won the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award in the category of poetry for her debut collection The Panic Room, (Nightwood Editions). The jury said of Păpucaru’s collection: “The range of identifying references to Judaism, Jews and Jewishness— historic, psycho-spiritual, and religious — leave you with a range of inter-ethnic encounters which are a challenge to unpack and makes the experience of Canada ring true.”


The Panic Room is about the giants that loom over us, too. A second-generation Eastern European Jewish immigrant, Păpucaru attempts to grapple with connecting with her family's past as well as the distinct feeling of being disconnected. Păpucaru’s debut was previously long-listed for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (2018) and was a finalist for the  A.M. Klein Poetry Prize (2017).

Rebecca Păpucaru’s work has appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review and Event. She has been anthologized in I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014) and Best Canadian Poetry in English (2010). She lives in Sherbrooke, QC.


The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards is honouring eight outstanding books for 2018. Now in its fourth year, the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards recognizes and rewards the finest Canadian Jewish writing. Winners have been declared in the following categories: fiction, memoir/biography, poetry, history, scholarship, Holocaust literature, Yiddish, and books for children and youth.


The awards ceremony will be held on October 14, 2018 in Toronto. For more information, visit