Winner of the Borealis Prize: The Commissioner of Yukon Award for Literary Contribution
Statement from the jury on the selection of Katherine Munro (kjmunro):
“Acclaimed poet and non-fiction writer, Katherine Munro not only represents a fresh and strong voice, but through her involvement in many literary and community events she is helping other poets and writers find their own voice and share their own stories with a larger audience. Her community involvement is legendary and she is adamant about building bridges across many disciplines. It is her extraordinary ability to rally other groups or individuals around a common cause – creativity in the Yukon – that sets her apart. It is for all these reasons and so many more that this year’s jury is delighted to present the 2023 Borealis Prize: The Commissioner of Yukon Award for Literary Excellence to Katherine Munro.”
Originally from Vancouver, Katherine Munro moved to the Yukon Territory in 1991. She is Membership Secretary for Haiku Canada & a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Federation of BC Writers, & the Haiku Society of America. In 2014, she founded ‘solstice haiku’, a monthly haiku discussion group in Whitehorse that she continues to facilitate. Since January 2018, she has curated a weekly blog feature for The Haiku Foundation, now managed with guest editors. Her debut poetry collection is contractions (Red Moon Press, 2019).