news | Monday September 28, 2015

Congratulations to Stephen Collis, winner of the 2015 Sterling Prize for Controversy!

Above: Quarmby and Collis lead protesters

Congratulations to Talon poet Stephen Collis! On Friday, September 25, Collis was awarded by Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy.

The Sterling Prize was established at Simon Fraser University in 1993 to honour and encourage work that provokes and/or contributes to the understanding of controversy. It may be awarded for work in any field, including – but not limited to – the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and education. The selection of the annual prize winner is the responsibility of the Sterling Prize Committee.

Collis’s co-recipient this year is Lynne Quarmby, an SFU professor of biology. Together Collis and Quarmby faced litigation by Kinder Morgan earlier in the year as representatives of civil disobedients against the building of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on Burnaby Mountain. Read more about the award and its receipients on SFU’s website.

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