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SANDRA RIDLEY TAKES TOP PRIZE AT POETRY NOW: 4th ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BARDS

TORONTO, March 29, 2012 --- After much deliberation Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) names Sandra Ridley, author of Post-Apothecary, as the winner of the 4th annual Battle of the Bards. For the fourth year in a row, AUTHORS, in partnership with NOW Magazine, welcomed 20 upcoming and established poets to the stage Wednesday evening (March 28). A jury comprising the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award winner for poetry Phil Hall, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall selected Ridley following her engaging performance. As the winner, Ridley receives an invitation to read at the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (October 18 to 28, 2012) and an ad for her book in NOW Magazine.

Ottawa-based writer Sandra Ridley’s first book of poetry, Fallout, won the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing and was shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award. She is also the winner of a bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, and was a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Ridley read from Post-Apothecary, a rumination on the pitfalls of existence, and an exploration of the various ailments and cures that befall us.

AUTHORS has also invited 2 additional Poetry NOW participants to read at IFOA: Ayesha Chatterjee (The Clarity of Distance) and John B. Lee (Dressed in Dead Uncles).

In February 2012, AUTHORS, in partnership with NOW Magazine, invited submissions from poets whose works have been published within the past five years and are currently in print with a trade publisher. AUTHORS selected 20 readers via a random draw of all eligible submissions following the deadline for submissions on February 24. The poets selected read on the evening of March 28 in Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room.

Authors at Harbourfront Centre weekly events continue through June 2012. For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jennifer Asselin: jasselin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395
Jovana Jankovic: jjankovic@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-5836

About Authors at Harbourfront Centre:
Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 7,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 18 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 18–28, 2012), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 15–16, 2012).

About NOW Magazine:
Toronto's independent weekly – NOW Magazine – was launched Thursday, September 10, 1981, as the city's alternative voice. After starting with just five staff members, founding owner/operators Michael Hollett and Alice Klein have seen the weekly grow to become a key cultural and political voice in Toronto – and Canada – with more than 100 employees.

NOW is published every Thursday (though available at key downtown locations and in street boxes Wednesday nights) and distributed at over 3,400 locations in the Greater Toronto Area.
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