Poem Wins First Prize in Room Magazine

Room CoverI am honoured to receive First Place for my poetry in Room‘s 2015 Fiction and Poetry Contest. Room Magazine is Canada’s oldest literary journal by and about women. Published quarterly by the West Coast Feminist Literary Magazine Society, Room showcases fiction, poetry, reviews, art work, interviews and profiles about the female experience.

Read the poem here. 


Judge Jen Currin’s Comments:

“Stephanie McKenzie’s ‘Cut from the Guyana Journals’ is a beautifully crafted, minimalist poem which takes as its subject matter the political realities of present-day Guyana. The catalogue of images builds up to create a disturbing portrait of a country ravaged by drug crime, ‘scavenged by gods of prey’ and the ‘sick faith’ of global capitalism. The metapoetic turn in the final stanzas is unexpected an compelling—the speaker adopts the ‘I’ to critique the lyric tradition, seeming to say, even as she adopts it, that this subject position is insufficient to address the brutalities and injustices the poem seeks to depict.”


From the website:

First Place: “Cut from Guyana Journals” by Stephanie McKenzie

Stephanie McKenzie is the author of three books of poetry all published by Salmon Poetry (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland). McKenzie’s current poetry focuses on the West Indies. In 2014, McKenzie lived in Guyana writing with the support of a Canada Council Grant for Professional Writers.

Second place: “Self-discovery” by Kyeren Regehr

Kyeren Regehr’s poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, Australia and America. She has twice received a grant from Canada Council for the Arts. Her first manuscript, Cult Life, is as yet unpublished. Kyeren lives with her family in Victoria, BC.

Honourable Mention: “Sometimes We Sing Soft Kitty” by Sylvia Adams

Sylvia Adams is the author of two poetry collections, a novel and a children’s book. Workshop instructor, editor, book reviewer. Founding member, Ottawa’s Field Stone Poets. Introvert, synaesthete, Luddite. Winner, 2013 and 2014, Aesthetica’s International Poetry Competition. Recent work in Queen’s QuarterlyArcFreefallMindshadows.