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Barry Dempster Named a Finalist for the 2010 Premier’s Arts Award

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Barry Dempster Named a Finalist for the 2010 Premier’s Arts Award

Author, editor and poet Barry Dempster has been selected as one of six finalists for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The annual award "recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution to arts and culture in Ontario during a significant period of time." The finalists will each receive $2,000, and the recipient of the Premier's Award will receive $35,000 and "will nominate a promising new or emerging individual talent in the same field" who will be awarded $15,000. The award ceremony takes place Thursday, June 10 in Toronto and will be hosted by CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi.

From our friends at Brick Books:

Barry Dempster was born in Toronto and educated in child psychology. He is the author 15 books including a novel, a children's book, two volumes of short stories and eleven collections of poetry. He has been nominated for the Governor General's Award for literature twice, for his first book, Fables for Isolated Men (Guernica) and for The Burning Alphabet (Brick Books) which won the Canadian Authors Association Chalmers Award for poetry. From 1990 to 1997, he was Poetry and Reviews Editor for Poetry Canada Review, which quickly became one of Canada's most esteemed literary magazines. During this time, Dempster became known for his helpful, supportive letters to budding writers, his astute book reviews and his "New Voice" discoveries of some of Canada's finest poets. He is currently the senior acquisitions editor with Brick Books where he has discovered and edited many of Canada's best emerging poets. He has been on the faculty at The Banff Centre as mentor for the Writing Studio twice, the Wired Writing program and the Writing with Style program in fall 2010. He has read across Canada and Ontario many times, in England and the U.S. and is in constant demand at author reading series and festivals.

Dempster currently lives in York Region where he runs a very popular film series "Southlake Cinemania" which has raised over $100,000 to support literacy in the community. He presents an annual Poetry Gala to a packed house at the Richmond Hill Public Library where he presents 5 important new and established writers. He served on the East Gwillimbury Library Board for 12 years and was the chair for 5 during which time a new library was built in Mount Albert. He has been the Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill Public Library twice where he has mentored over 150 writers and attracted large attendance to his inspiring writing workshops. He runs two book discussion groups and regularly conducts writing courses in short fiction and poetry. In 2009, the Barry Dempster Young Writers Award was created to acknowledge his role in inspiring young students to value their writing ability and recognize the power of words. He has presented writing workshops in many schools and universities in Ontario and conducts master classes in writing in Santiago Chile.

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