Killdeer: essay-poems by Phil Hall (BA, 1976; MA, 1978) has won for the poetry category this year.
"We [Bronwen Wallace and Phil Hall] lived in the same house for a while – in Windsor – upstairs / & downstairs apartments – we were in the same graduate poetry / workshop run by Eugene McNamara at the University of Windsor [...]" (Killdeer p. 37).
Killdeer was published by Toronto's BookThug Press in an edition of 500 copies and as the fourth book in its Department of Critical Thought series. BookThug's managing editor is Jenny Sampirisi (MA, 2006).
Phil Hall's early chapbook, Homes, was published by Resident Writing Professional Marty Gervais's Black Moss Press in 1979.
Read more about Phil Hall in The Daily News.
The Governor General's Award for Poetry was established by the Canada Council for the Arts in 1981.
The book to win the award in 1981 was F.R. Scott's Collected Poems.