Three categories are decided by the Collective, and the winners have already been determined:
Pandora’s Collective Distinctive Body of Work Award: George Bowering
Pandora’s Collective Publishers of Magazines Awards: Poetry is Dead
Pandora’s Collective Citizenship Award: RC Weslowski
Three categories are nominated and voted on by the public. The titles and descriptions of those awards, as provided by the Collective:
Pandora’s Collective Organizer / Promoter Award: This award is for an individual who has put themself forward to help organize literary events, whether they are on-going or special events. Someone who has over the years helped give space to many writers whether they are new or established. (2010 winner: Fernanda Viveros)
Pandora’s Collective BC Writer Mentor Award: This award is for an individual who has taken the time to help foster other writers, giving them feedback and support over and above what may be expected. (2010 winner: Ivan E. Coyote)
Pandora’s Collective Publishers Award: This award is for those publishers who keep getting the word out, your words, every year despite cutbacks. Where would we be without the publishers? (2010 winner: Allan Twigg)
If a name (or many names) came to mind while reading those descriptions, send your nominations to Bonnie Nish at blnish_pandoras(at)yahoo(dot)ca.
Nominations are due in by May 15th. If all goes like last year, winners will be presented with their awards just prior to the Summer Dreams' Festival in August.
Here's a video from the presentation of last year's "Distincitive Body of Work Award" to Susan Musgrave. One can only hope the event this year is even bigger and more backlit!
p.s. Speaking of Susan Musgrave, she's reading with bill bissett on Tuesday as part of the Vancouver Poetry Festival, which runs all this week.