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“Our Familiar Hunger” by Laisha Rosnau won the 2020 KOBZAR™ Book Award

The book “Our Familiar Hunger” by Ukrainian writer Leysha Rosnau won the KOBZAR™ Book Award 2020 in Canada.

This is announced on the website of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, the founder of the award

The book of poetry explores the lives of Eastern European women from the Holodomor in Ukraine and the internment camps across Canada during World War One, to the 21st century.

Here’s what the jury had to say about Our Familiar Hunger:

“Laisha Rosnau’s collection is evocative of generations of wronged women, who are at last able to find peace in her prose. A wonderful book.” – Matt Bowes, General Manager of NeWest Press

“I found the poetry here to be simply staggering. At times the beauty and power of the words quite literally took my breath away, like a punch to the stomach.” – Dr. Lindy Ledohowski, winner of the 2018 Kobzar Book Award

“These are poems that cut to the bone, linking lives marked by landscape and gender and history across continents and across generations.” – Nino Ricci, multi award-winning author.

Laisha Rosnau is the author of four award-winning collections of poetry and two critically acclaimed novels. Her maternal grandparents immigrated to the Canadian prairies from Ukraine and both she and her mother were named in honour of the Ukrainian national poet, Lesya Ukrainka. Rosnau now lives in Coldstream, BC, where she is the Cultural Program Coordinator at the Vernon Museum and Archives, and she and her family are resident caretakers of Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary.