A lesbian writer has been awarded the Trillium book prize for best poetry book.

The Canadian poet Rachel Zolf won the award, as well as $10,000 (£5,010) prize money, for her book Human Resources.

The Trillium Awards, awarded by the Ontario government, is the province’s leading award for literature.

Previous winners include Margaret Atwood, Thomas King and Michael Ondaatje.

Aileen Carroll, Ontario’s Minister of Culture, said:

“The Trillium Book Award gives us an opportunity to celebrate and promote some of our finest authors.

“The finalists and award winners have all played an important role in fostering a culture of creativity in our province.

“I congratulate each of them on receiving this distinguished prize.”

Ms Zolf’s Human Resources was recently short-listed at the world’s pre-eminent LGBT Literary awards.

The awards are presented by the Lambda Literary Foundation, the leading organisation for LGBT literature in the US.

Another of her poetry collections, Her Absence, This Wanderer, was a finalist in the Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation (CBC) Literary Competition.