Beautiful Mutants Shortlisted for Two Saskatchewan Book Awards

March 14th, 2012

Caitlin Press is thrilled to announce that Adam Pottle’s Beautiful Mutants has been shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Awards in two categories: First Book Award and Award for Poetry.

Here’s what Adam had to say about the good news: “It’s wonderful to be nominated. I hope that as a result of being shortlisted, more people will read this book and see the possibilities inherent in living with a disability. I hope people will see that disability can be liberating instead of stigmatic, refreshing instead of discouraging.”

Beautiful Mutants is an edgy and jarring collection that cracks open the world of disability in all its many forms. Difficult as their circumstances may seem, Pottle’s denizens learn to navigate the world with creative resolve, even defiance, searching for an identity that includes their disabilities rather than spites them. His poems scrape our nerves; they test and undermine poetic forms, challenging our own sensibilities in the process.

Adam is hearing impaired and is familiar with the challenges his imagined characters have to cope with. He was born in Kamloops, BC and is currently working on his PhD in English Literature in Saskatoon.