Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike Among The 2024 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Shortlist

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Nigerian author, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, has been announced on the Alberta Book Publishing Awards shortlist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry with his book, there’s more.

In there’s more, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike takes on the rich concepts of home and belonging: home lost and regained, home created with others and with the land, home as “anywhere we find something to love.” Giving voice to the experiences of migrant and other marginalized citizens whose lives society tends to overlook, this collection challenges the oppressive systems that alienate us from one another and the land. Carefully built lyric meditations combine beauty and ugliness, engaging with violence, and displacement, while seeking to build kinship and celebrate imagination.

At the heart of the storytelling process, Alberta Book Publishers play a vital role in enriching and sustaining our province’s cultural and social landscape. By releasing a diverse range of high-quality titles each year, they bring Alberta’s stories to life, sharing them locally, nationally, and internationally. The Alberta Book Publishing Awards was created to recognize and celebrate the best in Alberta’s book publishing industry. Over the years, these awards have evolved to highlight the excellence and innovation of Alberta’s book publishers. Each year, winners are chosen through a peer jury process across up to 16 award categories, making this event a much-anticipated occasion that draws significant attention from the industry, government, and media.

Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, also known as Uche Peter Umez, is a Nigerian author and academic currently working as an assistant professor of English at the University of Calgary. In addition to publishing several works of children’s fiction, short fiction, and poetry, his academic research draws from gender studies and critical race theory to analyze African, African diaspora, postcolonial, and global literatures as well as film.

Find out more information about the shortlisted authors here.

Congratulations, Peter!


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