Winter Fedyk grew up in Regina, then grew up some more in Ottawa, and now lives in Regina again.
This year's judge was Jason Camlot.
"This year's winner of the John Newlove Poetry Award stood out from a strong field of finalists for its rich execution of focalized perception and its economical rendering of character through the use of terse, gritty idiom. Character in its formative context is communicated from the child's perspective through concrete observations of small things, until the adult's worldview arrives and is heard in the poem like a drill that has pierced its way through the distance of time and memory. "
The annual John Newlove Poetry award, launched in the fall of 2004, commemorates the honest, poignant and well-written poetry of John Newlove, an Ottawa resident for almost twenty years and poet who died in 2003.