Lesley Choyce has won the 2013 Atlantic Poetry Prize for his book called I’m Alive. I Believe in Everything. published by Breton Books [more WGO coverage of Breton Books]. The award includes a $2000 cash prize.
“It’s terrific news,” says the book’s publisher, Ronald Caplan, “and a real boost for getting poetry read more widely.”
“He writes accessible, deeply moving and often very exciting poems. I can see this book finding a solid place in Nova Scotia schools.”
I’m Alive. I Believe in Everything. is a generous serving of new poems plus a selection from Choyce’s earlier ten books. Declared “a national treasure” by the Ottawa Citizen and “Nova Scotia’s answer to the Renaissance Man” by CBC’s Peter Gzowski, the Quill and Quire found Lesley Choyce’s writing “life enhancing, life celebrating.”
For a taste of this lasting new collection, watch Lesley Choyce deliver the title poem “I’m Alive. I Believe in Everything.”
Along with the McConnell Library and the Governors Book Pub “Authors with Glasses” programs, Caplan is planning to have Lesley Choyce give readings across Cape Breton this coming April.
I’m Alive. I Believe in Everything. is available in stores across Canada and online at Breton Books.