Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry

FERNIE, B.C. – Oolichan Books is pleased to announce that Calgary born and raised author Bruce Hunter is the winner of the 2011 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry.

The Acorn-Plantos Award is presented annually to a Canadian poet who published a book in the previous year that follows in the tradition of Canadian poets Acorn, Livesay, Purdy, Plantos, and others by being accessible to all people in its use of language and image. For winning, Hunter receives $500 and a medallion.

Hunter was typically gracious when notified of the award, “I'm really moved by this attention. Milton Acorn was a hero of mine, going back to the Perth County Conspiracy (Does Not Exist) days. Ted Plantos was a dear friend and mentor of so many of us, and a true poet of the people.”

Two O’clock Creek brings together the best of Hunter’s previous books of poetry, as well as exciting new work that shows the continual development of this life-long poet. His poetry has been highly praised by Books in Canada, the Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail and Canadian Literature magazine.

Barry Dempster, author of Love Outlandish, has high praise for Two O’Clock Creek, “Bruce Hunter’s poems are steeped in family history, legend, an agile sense of place, character, and are held together by the grit and gust of detail and the strength of sentiment. Two O’clock Creek is a bare-hearted book, composed of muscle and sweat, its verbs balancing a kind of heft and haul that powers the reader through close to thirty years. But it’s the light at the core of Hunter's writing that manages to connect the macho to the transcendent, creating shivers of tenderness.”

Bruce is the author of four books of poetry, a short story collection and the award-winning novel In The Bear’s House. Since 1986, he has taught English and Liberal Studies at Seneca College in Toronto.

To arrange an interview, please contact Bruce Hunter directly by email at or contact Randal Macnair at