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Bruce Rice

Bruce Rice is the current Saskatchewan Poet Laureate and an editor and essayist living in Regina, Saskatchewan. He grew up in Prince Albert and returned to the province after ten years in the Maritimes. Bruce holds a B.A. from Saint Thomas and a MSW degree from Dalhousie University. Bruce writes about community, reclaiming the voices of those who live on the margins, and how we are transformed by landscape even as we leave our footprints on it. Bruce’s most recent collection, The Vivian Poems: Street Photographer Vivian Maier (Radiant Press), is a response to the life and work of this Photographer Vivian Maier, gives a voice to the work of this complex artist who worked as a nanny for well-to-do families in Chicago. Bruce’s previous book, The Trouble With Beauty, received the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry, and Life in the Canopy (also Radiant Press), was nominated for Saskatchewan Book of the Year. Bruce has collaborated with artists on performances incorporating dance, music and film. Judges called Rice’s first book, Daniel, which won the Canadian Author’s Association Award, “a tour de force of voice.” His work ranges from social document and critique to meditations on art, landscape and wilderness.  He says, “I became a better poet when I surrendered to beauty.” Bruce lives in Regina, Saskatchewan on Treaty 4 Territory and the homeland of the Métis.

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The Vivian Poems: Street Photographer Vivian Maier. Radiant Press, 2020
The Trouble With Beauty. Coteau Books, April 2014
Dorothy McMoogle With Kumquat and Bugle. Wild Sage Press, November 2013
Life In The Canopy. Hagios Press (a Radiant Press imprint), 2009
The Illustrated Statue of Liberty. Coteau Books, 2003
Descent Into Lima. Coteau Books, 1996
Daniel. Cormorant Books, 1988


Longpoem Competition Shortlist for The Malahat Review, 2017
Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award for Saskatchewan Book Awards, 2015
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
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
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