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Winnipeg poet nominated for poetry award

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Winnipeg poet Katherena Vermette and her latest book, North End Love Songs, has earned a nomination for a Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry.

The Métis writer, who describes herself as a "tuff grrl with two ffs," in a publisher’s bio, wrote North End Love Songs about several short-lived relationships she had following the breakup of a long-term one.

Vermette has begun work for a master’s of fine arts degree in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba and was the blogger-in-residence for thewritercollective.org in 2010-11.

Her work has appeared in several magazines and compilations, including the upcoming book Manitoapow — Aboriginal Literary History of Manitoba.

Also nominated for the poetry award are Austin Clark of Toronto for Where the Sun Shines Best, Adam Dickinson of St. Catharines, Ont., for The Polymers, Halifax’s Don Domanski for Bite Down Little Whisper and Russell Thornton of Vancouver for Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain.

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