Two-spirit, transgender educator Smokii Sumac of Kimberly was shortlisted for the 2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ emerging writers. Sumac is a member of the Ktunaxa nation, a Ph.D. Candidate at Trent University and a faculty member at College of the Rockies Cranbrook.

His 2018 debut book of poetry enough: love poems for the end of the world (Kegedonce $15) also won the Indigenous Voices Award for poetry. enough is a selection of works from his two years of writing poetry almost daily that deal with subjects such as addiction and depression, coming home through ceremony and falling in and out of love. The collection is also a reflection of two years of life as a Ktunaxa Two-Spirit person that is sometimes funny, other times sad.

Judges for the $10,000 Dayne Ogilvie Prize said Sumac's poetry had "precise analogies and rhythm that move the spirit." They also were inspired by his poetic practice that "harkens to those who came before him."

enough: love poems for the end of the world (Kegedonce 2018) $15 9781928120162

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