Apt. 9 woke up this morning to some wonderful news: Claudia Coutu Radmore has just won the 2011 bpNichol Chapbook Award for her Apt. 9 title Accidentals. We couldn’t be happier for Claudia. It is a wonderful book deserving of the award (if we do say so ourselves!), and Claudia is simply a great person to boot. We at Apt. 9 are firm believers in good things happening to good people, who also happen to be excellent poets. Bravo, Claudia! Congratulations! She joins a distinguished list of past winners, including Nicole Brossard, Robin Blaser, Susan Musgrave, Barry McKinnon, P.K. Page, Lisa Robertson, Gary Barwin, and fellow Apt. 9 author Sandra Ridley.
Accidentals was published in March 2011. You can hear Claudia read from the book at the April launch here. Shortly after, Claudia answers 12 or 20 questions from rob mclennan at Open Book: Ontario. A long time regular and organizer at the TREE Reading Series (Ottawa), there is an extensive catalogue of videos of Claudia reading in the series here. She also published a phenomenal book with Two Cultures Press last year.
We’ll keep you posted on upcoming opportunities to hear Claudia read. There are only a few copies of the first printing of Accidentals left. We’re currently making plans for a second printing in the New Year.
Wherever you are today, raise a glass in Claudia’s name.