Acclaimed Perth, Ont., poet Phil Hall, recently short-listed for the Griffin Poetry Prize, is one of four winners of the 25th- annual Trillium Book Award, announced Wednesday evening in Toronto.
Hall, 59, was among six writers nominated in May for the $20,000 English-language prize recognizing the best novel, volume of poetry, work of non-fiction or short-story collection published by an Ontario author in 2011. Hall won the juried prize for his collection Killdeer, which also received the Governor-General’s Award for excellence in poetry last fall.
Trillium awards, established by the Ontario government in 1987 to recognize literary excellence in Ontario and suppport book marketing, also were handed out by Ontario Culture Minister Michael Chan to Torontonian Nick Thran ($20,000 for Earworm, named best English-language book of poetry), Ottawa’s Michèle Vinet (for the novel Jeudi Novembre, named best French-language book) and Sonia Lamontagne, also from Ottawa (for À tire d’ailes, named best collection of French-language poetry).
Each poetry winner receives $10,000. The Trillium poetry award is for an author’s first, second or third published book whereas poetry collections by more established writers, like Hall, whose first book was published in 1973, are eligible for the Trillium Book Award. All finalists receive a $500 honorarium.