2020 New Work Award Winner: Nasra


We are very excited to announce our 2020 New Work Award Winner: Nasra!

NASRA is a queer, Muslim, Oromo creator based in Amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. NASRA acts as Director/Founder of Blacks Arts Matter, Alberta’s interdisciplinary Black Arts Festival, and was a former Youth Poet Laureate of Edmonton and the 2017 recipient of the Mayor’s Emerging Artist award. NASRA’s first poetry chapbook A God Dance in Human Cloth with Glass Buffalo Publishing celebrates the soft warrior in all of us; a call to step into our divinity and into ourselves, with fists unclenched. NASRA’s heartwork centres the freedom of Black/Indigenous Peoples everywhere. Keep up with them and ALL their glory @nasraad and @sistertosisteryeg


Nasra receives:

  • $2000 in prize money
  • Mentorship from the Good Women Dance Collective
  • Access to rehearsal space
  • A performance spot at the 2021 Chinook Series

The award was handed out by GWDC on February 12, 2020 during the Interior Landscapes program as part of the Chinook Series.

Previous New Work Award recipients:

  • Alison Neuman (2019)
  • NIUBOI (2018)
  • Katherine Semchuk (2017)
  • Aimee Rushton (2016)
  • Anastasia Maywood (2015)
  • Krista Posyniak (2014)
  • Tatiana Cheladyn (2013)