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Bruce Rice

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Bruce Rice is the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate for 2019-2020. Bruce is a poet and editor living in Regina. He has also published creative nonfiction and a children's book. He grew up in Prince Albert and returned to Saskatchewan after ten years in the Maritimes where he worked and attended Saint Thomas and Dalhousie universities. He has five award-winning poetry collections, including his first book, Daniel, which received the Canadian Authors Association Award, Life in the Canopy, which was nominated for Saskatchewan Book of the Year in 2009, and The Trouble With Beauty, which received the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry. He has collaborated with other artists on performances incorporating dance, music, and film.

One reviewer called the poems in Rice's first book, Daniel, "a tour de force of voice." He has also been described as "a master of light" (Saskatchewan Book Awards). His work ranges from social observation and critque to meditations on art, landscape and wilderness. As Rice puts it in a Malahat Review interview, "I became a better poet when I surrendered to beauty." Bruce received the League of Canadian Poets' Collen Thibaudeau Award in 2016 for his role in establishing the Canada-Wide Mayor's Poetry City Challenge, which saw poets read at local City Council meetings during National Poetry Month.

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Daniel. Cormorant Books, 1988
Descent Into Lima. Coteau Books, 1996
The Illustrated Statue of Liberty. Coteau Books, 1993
Life In The Canopy. Hagios Press (a Radiant Press imprint), 2009
Dorothy McMoogle With Kumquat and Bugle. Wild Sage Press, November 2013
The Trouble With Beauty. Coteau Books, April 2014


CBC/Canda Writes Poetry Longlist, 2008, 2013
John V. Hicks Manuscript Award (3rd place) for The Trouble With Beauty, 2012
SK Writers Guild Creative Non-Fiction Award (2nd place0 for Silence: A Brother's Journal, 2010
Saskatchewan Book of the Year, nominee for Life in the Canopy, 2009
John V. Hick Manuscript Award (2nd place) for Life in the Canopy, 2009
City of Regina Award - Saskatchewan Book Awards for The Illustrated Statue of Liberty, 2003
Anne Szumigalski Award for year's best poem or sequence for Grain Magazine, 2002
Canadian Author's Association Award for Poetry for Daniel, 1988
P. K. Page Award, best poem in The Malahat Review im 2013 for The Malahat Review, 2014
Best Regina Submission (nonfiction) for Briarpatch Magazine, 2014
Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award for Saskatchewan Book Awards, 2015
Longpoem Competition Shortlist for The Malahat Review, 2017
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