The Mayor’s Arts Awards celebrate the role of arts and culture in Vancouver, and include recognition of music, dance, visual arts, and new media.
William New is a poet, children’s writer, and literary commentator. He was born and raised in Vancouver and educated at the University of British Columbia and the University of Leeds. New is now retired from teaching at UBC, where for 18 years he also edited the journal Canadian Literature.
His most recent book, YVR (2011), is a set of poems about Vancouver as it was during his childhood and as it is now. Among his other 50 books are Underwood Log (shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award), The Year I Was Grounded (Honour Book, Lion & Unicorn Award for North American poetry for children), Vanilla Gorilla, Borderlands: How We Talk About Canada, and the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada.
An avid gardener, New is married, with two children and two grandchildren. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.