The Anne Green Award is an annual prize given to an artistic work that explores and challenges the traditional form of story and narrative.
The award is named for Anne Green, Founding Director of Wordfest and long-time professional in the Canadian arts community. Thanks to a private donor, a fund was created after the 15th anniversary of Wordfest in 2010 to recognize the incredible contribution of the departing Founding Director, and to continue Green’s commitment to profiling innovative work that challenges genres and narrative forms.
Past Recipients of the Anne Green Award
Kate Pullinger (CAN) – Wordfest 2014 was selected for the Anne Green Award for successfully challenging and exploring the possibilities of the written word, while maintaining roots in story, narrative and literary form.
Kate Pullinger is the author of ten novels, including The Mistress of Nothing, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Pullinger's prize-winning digital fiction projects Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel have reached audiences around the world. Pullinger co-wrote the novel of the film The Piano with director Jane Campion.
Ann Shin (CAN) – Wordfest 2013 received the Anne Green Award for her collection of poetry, The Family China, which she presented at Wordfest 2013 as a multimedia performance culminating in a cathartic china-smashing that grappled rawly and musically with the profound messiness of human relations.
Shin is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and new media producer who draws inspiration from her Korean-Canadian background. The Family China, Shin’s second collection of poetry, grapples rawly and musically with the profound messiness of human relations. Visit Ann Shin’s website.
Kath MacLean (CAN) – Wordfest 2012 received the inaugural Anne Green Award for the videopoems Doo-Da-Doo-Da and There Was a Young Man, which appeared at the 17th annual Wordfest in 2012, including a public screening of selected images of her work on digital billboards throughout Calgary, in advance of the Festival.
MacLean is an award-winning poet, prose and non-fiction writer whose works have been published across Canada, the United States and in Europe. Her poetry collections include For a Cappuccino on Bloor, which received the New Muse Award, and Kat Among the Tigers. Visit Kath MacLean’s website.