For her debut collection of poems, Otolith (Goose Lane 2017), Emily Nilsen was longlisted for both the League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards. According to publicity materials, "Otolith - the ear stone - is a series of bones that govern our sense of gravity, balance, and direction to help us orient ourselves." Her book examines the ache of nostalgia in the world's passage of time with poems "full of life and decay; they carry the odours of salmon rivers and forests of fir; salal growing in the fog-bound mountain slopes."

Emily Nilsen of Nelson was born and raised in Vancouver. Her poems have appeared in PRISM International, Lake, and The Goose. She was a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2015 for a chapbook entitled Place, No Manual, after having been longlisted for the prize on three separate occasions. Her work has also been longlisted for the UK National Poetry Prize.


Otolith (Goose Lane 2017) $19.95 978-0-864929-62-4

[BCBW 2018]