Golden Beret Award

for lifetime achievement in Canadian spoken word poetry.

The Golden Beret Award was created by Sheri-D Wilson (a trailblazer of Spoken Word Poetry in Canada) to honour a Canadian Spoken Word Artist who has made substantial contributions both as an artist and also to the community at large.

In 2007 the award was called The Soon-to-be-Prestigious Golden Beret Award and was presented at the Calgary Spoken Word Festival. The prize was managed and awarded by the festival until 2016, when Ian Ferrier approached the League of Canadian Poets to take on the administration of the award. Since then, the Golden Beret Award has developed into the Prestigious Award it is today!

The Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award is an annual literary prize crafted specifically to highlight the unique strengths and values of spoken word poetry.

The award honours an established Canadian poet with a history of achievement and performance in spoken word. The Prize is $2000.

Golden Beret Award Recipients:

2021 – Jillian Christmas (Vancouver, BC)
2020 – Charlie C Petch (Toronto, ON)
2019 – Andrea Thompson (Toronto, ON)
2018 – Dwayne Morgan (Toronto, ON)
2017 – d’bi.young anitafrika (Toronto, ON)
2016 – RC Weslowski (Vancouver, BC)
2015 – Penn Kemp (London, ON)
2014 – bill bissett (Toronto, ON)
2013 – Tanya Evanson (Vancouver, BC)
2012 – Kirk Miles (Calgary, AB)
2011 – Ian Ferrier (Montréal, QC)
2010 – Wendy Morton (Victoria,BC)
2009 – Lillian Allen (Toronto, ON)
2008 – Sarah Murphy (Calgary, AB)
2007 – Murdoch Burnett (Comox, BC)

The Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award

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