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Bec & Call Shortlisted for the New Brunswick Book Awards

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 5:01pm

The Fiddlehead and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick have announced the finalists for this year’s New Brunswick Book Awards and Jenna Lyn Albert’s debut poetry collection, Bec & Call (Nightwood Editions), is one of the shortlisted titles for The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize.

The book awards program represents a partnership between Canada’s oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, which has nurtured New Brunswick's literary culture for close to 75 years, and the Writers’ Federation, which for over 30 years has passionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development.

Albert’s Bec & Call is rife with colloquialisms, irony and a healthy dose of sass. Her poems refuse to be silent or subtle; instead they delve into the explicit, the audacious, the boldly personal. The roles of Acadienne and feminist come with the responsibility of speaking up, and Albert’s work in Bec & Call vocalizes the societal dérangement of Acadian culture amidst the accruing difficulties women encounter as a result of rape culture and misogyny.

Earlier this year, Albert was appointed as the City of Fredericton's next poet laureate. She started on January 28 and will serve for a two-year term. She is also a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and holds a master’s degree in English (Creative Writing) and an undergraduate degree in English. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence and The Puritan.

The other finalists for The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize are Kayla Geitzler for That Light Feeling Under Your Feet (NeWest Press) and Hermenegilde Chiasson for To Live and Die in Scoudouc, translated by Jo-Anne Elder (Goose Lane Editions). All the winners of the New Brunswick Book Awards will be revealed at an awards presentation ceremony on Saturday, May 25, at the Moncton Press Club, beginning at 6 pm.