English alumna recognized with prestigious arts award

October 5, 2018 | Arts & Culture
This year, MacEwan English alumna Lizzie Derksen was among the 10 promising Alberta creatives who received the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Emerging Artist Award for her work as a poet, fiction writer and filmmaker.

IMGLR_LizzieDerksenThe award was established to support up-and-coming artists, and enable them to focus on developing their careers. It includes $10,000 for each recipient, and is awarded every other year.

“It was a humbling experience,” says Lizzie of receiving the award. “Speaking with several members of the jury at the awards ceremony was, in some ways, the most encouraging and exciting aspect for me, since they all spoke feelingly and specifically about my work. I didn't know why I was getting the award until I heard what those jurors had to say to me.”

According to the award’s jurors, “Lizzie has a clear-cut, eyes-wide-open vision. There is a profound and beautiful nuance in her writing that pulls readers in. This voice needs to be heard beyond the province of Alberta.”

The award will give Lizzie the opportunity to devote time to her next project: her first full-length novel. “Since writing is work that requires, above all, uninterrupted time, the award essentially bought me months that I would otherwise have had to divide between freelance copywriting and creative writing projects,” she says. “I also used the award as an opportunity to introduce myself to a literary agent in Toronto.”

Lizzie’s work has been featured in numerous anthologies, magazines and literary publications. For information on her published and upcoming work, please visit her website.

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