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MLIS alumna wins 2023 RBC/PEN Canada’s New Voices Award

Posted by SIM on August 10, 2023 in Alumni & Friends, News

We send heartfelt congratulations to Christine Wu (MLIS ’14) on her recent award!

From CBC. Read the full article here:

Halifax writer Christine Wu has won the 2023 RBC/PEN Canada’s New Voices Award for her submission Hungry Ghosts. The $3,000 cash prize recognizes unpublished Canadian writers under the age of 30. The prize also includes a mentorship with an established Canadian author.

Writers were encouraged to submit work in any format, including poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction.

Wu is a Chinese-Canadian poet based in Halifax. She has been published in several literary magazines and was previously shortlisted for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for emerging writers. She holds a BFA from the University of Victoria, a MLIS from Dalhousie University and a MA from the University of New Brunswick.

Wu’s collection of poems was chosen from almost 300 entries. The jury was comprised of Canadian writers Jónína Kirton, Chelene Knight and Alexander MacLeod.

“Hungry Ghosts is a deeply moving and masterfully crafted collection of poems that surpasses the boundaries of memory, love, family, and personal growth,” the jury said in a statement. “The writer’s exquisite precision and grace, infused with profound wisdom, skillfully navigates the delicate art of letting go, effortlessly weaving the tapestry of past and present.”