We're pleased to announce our 2021 Judge, Ruth Panofsky!
Ruth Panofsky is a poet, writer, and editor. She is the award-winning author of three books of poetry: Radiant Shards: Hoda’s North End Poems (2020); Laike and Nahum: A Poem in Two Voices (2007); and Lifeline (2001). Her two-volume edition, The Collected Poems of Miriam Waddington (2014), received multiple awards, including the Canadian Jewish Literary Award. Her recent book, Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing (2019), was nominated for a Heritage Toronto Book Award. She teaches at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Alongside her son, Ruth Panofsky has produced a CBC radio show about his experience with Tourette Syndrome. Titled "Boy in Motion," you can listen to it here.
2020: Daniel Scott Tysdal
Daniel Scott Tysdal is a writer, teacher, and filmmaker. He is the ReLit Award-winning author of three books of poetry, the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press), and the TEDx talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life).” Most recently, his short film Wave Form won Best Experimental Short at the Arizona Underground Film Festival and Frog Hollow Press published his chapbook, Mad Fold-In Poems. He teaches at the University of Toronto Scarborough.