Alison Pick

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Pick at Nightingale House London, Feb 2012

Alison Pick (born 1975) is a Canadian novelist and poet. She has published two novels, a memoir, and two collections of poetry.

Life and career[edit]

Pick was born in 1975 in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Kitchener. In 1999, she graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.A. in psychology. During her teenage years, she discovered that her father's Czech family was originally Jewish (he had been raised a Christian).[1] Pick herself later converted to Judaism.[2]

Her first book was written while living in Saskatchewan at a Benedictine monastery, then at a cattle ranch, and then in Saskatoon.[3]

The title section of Pick's poetry collection Question & Answer won the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for Poetry[4] and the 2003 National Magazine Award for Poetry.[5] The book itself was short-listed for the League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry, and for a Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award. Pick also won the 2005 CBC Literary Award for Poetry.[6]

Pick is serving as a judge for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.[7]

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