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Posted November 18, 2013

North End Love Songs wins the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry

Congratulations to Katherena Vermette for her poetry collection North End Love Songs winning the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.

For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg’s North End is a neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and always wily rivers. It is where a brother’s disappearance is trivialized by local media and police because he is young and aboriginal. It is also where young girls share secrets, movies, cigarettes, Big Gulps and stories of love–where a young mother full of both maternal trepidation and joy watches her small daughters as they play in the park.