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Brad Cran

posted Aug 9, 2010, 4:53 PM by Kim Nayyer   [ updated Aug 9, 2010, 6:23 PM ]

Brad Cran Poet Laureate of Vancouver, B.C. 2009 - 2011 is a poet, essayist and photographer. He has been a long-time contributing editor at Geist magazine and has twice curated the widely-successful Poetry Bash at the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Since establishing Smoking Lung Press in 1996, Cran has given dozens of BC poets their first publication. He edited the anthologies Hammer & Tongs and Why I Sing the Blues (with Jan Zwicky) and his own collection of poetry, The Good Life, was hailed in the Vancouver Sun as the one book of poetry people should read that year. In 2004, as part of his Vancouver Arts Awards prize, publisher Stephen Osborne chose Cran for a Writing and Publishing commission. In 2009, Cran and his wife Gillian Jerome were nominated for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize at the BC Book Prizes for their book Hope in Shadows, which won the City of Vancouver Book Award and raised over $30,000 for people in the Downtown Eastside.