Sylvia Adams Publications


Sylvia Adams

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Sylvia Adams is an Ottawa novelist and poet whose publications include the novel This Weather of Hangmen, the award-winning poetry chapbook Mondrian's Elephant, the poetry collection, Sleeping on the Moon and a children's book in verse, Dinner at the Dog Pound.

Her work has been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, the UK and the United States. She was the recipient of Arc Magazine's 2005 Diana Brebner Poetry Award. Sleeping on the Moon was the runner-up to Scott-Lampman award and poems from the collection were short-listed for the 2005 Malahat Long Poem Award. She is a five-time winner of the Canadian Authors Association National Capital Region poetry competition, has won their non-fiction contest and in 1998 won the Seeds Magazine poetry contest. Recent recognition includes Aesthetica magazine's international prize for a single poem (£500) for the second year in a row and 3rd prize, for a glosa, in Freefall Magazine's 2011 poetry competition

An instructor/facilitator for two Ottawa poetry groups, she edited their chapbook anthologies. A founding member of Canada's Field Stone Poets, she appears in their collection of travel poems, Whistle for Jellyfish (BookLand Press, 2011). The same year, her group, the Pachyderm Poets, published their collection, Sage, in which some of her poems appear. She was administrative head of Tree Reading Series from 1991 to 1993. In January-February 2007 taught a poetry workshop in Chile. She has served as poetry editor for The Ottawa Citizen and on the board of directors for the Latin American publication, Alter Vox. Some of her poetry has been translated into Spanish.

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