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Star Indigenous student wins Canada’s biggest poetry prize – Folio

by ahnationtalk on June 12, 2018166 Views

Griffin Poetry Prize caps off a series of honours for doctoral student and Rhodes Scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt.

University of Alberta doctoral student and Rhodes Scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt won Canada’s most illustrious poetry honour—the Griffin Poetry Prize. Belcourt, 23, is the youngest person ever to win the annual prize.

Belcourt’s This Wound is a World was chosen from three Canadian finalists at a ceremony in Toronto Thursday night. American poet Susan Howe was also chosen in the international category. Both winners will take home a total of $75,000.

While the prize comes as a powerful endorsement of his creative talent, Belcourt said the recognition has only made him more determined to “push towards the political goals that I have…. I see it all as an incentive to be more purposeful about how I pay back communities.”

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