Guelph-Humber Grad Wins Poetry Award


U of G graduate Jeff Latosik has won the $10,000 Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium for poetry. The winner was announced today.

Latosik was one of the first graduates of the University of Guelph-Humber’s MFA program in creative writing, receiving his degree in 2008.

Tiny, Frantic, Stronger is his first book of poetry. Earlier this year the book was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award, given to the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian. In 2009 Latosik was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.

Poet Shane Neilson, who is among the incoming MFA cohort, was also short-listed for the Trillium award.

In addition, second-year student Paul Vermeersch and faculty member Michael Winter were short-listed for the Trillium Book Award in the category for best work published in English in Ontario.