Vancouver poet Adèle Barclay won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for her debut collection, If I Were in a Cage I'd Reach Out for You (Nightwood Editions, $18.95) and it was nominatedfor the ReLit Awardfor best book of poetry. If I Were in a Cage I'd Reach Out for You was also shortlisted for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, it won the 2016 LitPop Awards for Poetry, it received the Reader's Choice Award for the 2016 Walrus Poetry Prize and it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her poems, according to publicity materials, "dwell in surreal pockets of the everyday warped landscapes of modern cities and flood into the murky basin of the intimate." Barclay has been Interviews Editor atThe Rusty Toque, a poetry ambassador for Vancouver's Poet Laureate Rachel Rose, and the 2017 Critic-in-Residence for Canadian Women In Literary Arts. She holds a Ph.D in English from the University of Victoria and researchesmodern and contemporary American poetry.

[BCBW 2018]