A Cowboy's Work by former Vernon resident Aaron Tucker is on the 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist.
Tucker is a poet and novelist whose latest collection, Catalogue d'oiseaux, was published by Book*hug Press in spring 2021. His novel 'Y' was translated into French by Rachel Martinez and was published by Éditions La Peuplade in 2020.
Tucker is currently a PhD candidate in cinema and media arts at York University studying facial recognition technologies. He was born in Vernon and currently lives in Toronto.
A statement on his website says: Catalogue d’oiseaux began as notes sent to poet Aaron Tucker’s long-distance partner. Not initially intended for publication, the writings moved, over time, into a long, lyrical, confessional love poem. Following the couple on travels across the globe — from Berlin to the Yukon, Porto to Toronto — this poem is expansive, moving sensually through small, intimate spaces and the larger world alike. Traced through art, architecture and the cultural life of varied cities, Catalogue d’oiseaux lives between geographies and chronologies as a kaleidoscopic gathering of the many fractals that make up a couple’s life. This is a stunning work; a celebration of the depth of adult love, and the elemental parts of life that make it so.
The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 15.
And the winner will be announced on Sept. 22.
In addition to a cash prize of $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Grand Prize winner will receive a two-week writing residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and will be published on the CBC Books website.
The four runners-up will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will be published on CBC Books.