Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Winner of the Second Annual Dayne Ogilvie Grant!

EMERGING GAY WRITER RECOGNIZED AT PRIDE WEEK 2008
THE WRITERS ’ TRUST OF CANADA TO PRESENT SECOND ANNUAL
DAYNE OGILVIE GRANT TO ZOE WHITTALL

TORONTO, ON – June 17, 2008 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced today that Zoe Whittall is the recipient of the second annual Dayne Ogilvie Grant. The $4,000 grant is given to an emerging gay writer from Canada. The grant is funded by an endowment established by Robin Pacific. A jury comprised of novelist Elizabeth Ruth, poet Maureen Hynes, and bookseller Dan Bazuin selected the winner.

Don Oravec, Executive Director of the Writers’ Trust, stated, “I am honoured to be partners with Pride Toronto and The Word on the Street to promote this unique grant. Announcing this grant during Pride Week provides emerging gay writers the deserved distinction in the community.”

Whittall is scheduled to read from her work and participate with the jurors in an informal question and answer session at the Proud Voices Stage on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 6 p.m., in James Canning Gardens Park, north of Dundonald Street, between Yonge and Church Streets. Proud Voices is a co-presentation between Pride Toronto and The Word On The Street.

...for more info contact: Contact Don Oravec (416.504.8222 ext. 244, or doravec@writerstrust.com)

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