Celebrated poet, Diana Brebner (May 20, 1956 - April 29, 2001) was born in Kingston, raised in Montreal, and lived her adult life in Ottawa, Ontario. She won numerous awards including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry for Radiant Life Forms (Netherlandic, 1990), the Pat Lowther Award for her second book, The Golden Lotus (Netherlandic, 1993), and the Archibald Lampman Award for her third book, Flora & Fauna (Netherlandic, 1996). A posthumous collection of her work and last poems, The Ishtar Gate, was edited by Stephanie Bolster and published by McGill-Queen's University Press in late 2004. It is available here.
Brebner won both the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Contest and the Netherlandic Press 10th Anniversary Literary Competition in 1990, and won the 1992 CBC Poetry Competition for her series of poems Eleven Paintings by Mary Pratt.
ARC Poetry Magazine awards the annual Diana Brebner Prize to an emerging poet in the National Capital Region in her honour. Information about contest rules and past winners is available on ARC's website.