Burnaby writer wins 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize

October 10, 2020

By Burnaby Now |

A Burnaby writer has won the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize.

Jonathan Poh’s story Value Village was one of 1,700 entries received from across Canada for this year’s contest – and it made the finals along with work from Joseph Kakwinokanasum of White Rock, Amy MacRae of Vancouver, Rachael Preston of Nanaimo and Leona Theis of Saskatoon.

Poh was announced as the grand prize winner today (Oct. 1). He wins $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a two-week writer’s residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

A press release notes that Poh is a writer and editor with a degree in English from Simon Fraser University.  He’s a former editor of the men’s fashion and streetwear publication HYPEBEAST, where he still serves as a contributor.

Value Village, his first work of personal non-fiction, takes Poh back to his childhood as a newcomer to Canada when his family arrived as immigrants from Singapore in the early 1990s.Poh’s story opens with the recognizable smell of a thrift store.

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