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U of A’s Billy-Ray Belcourt wins third literary prize in less than a month – Folio
by ahnationtalk onJune 25, 201843 Views
Emerging poet follows national Griffin Prize win and Indigenous Voices Award with Robert Kroetsch Award for his poetry collection, This Wound is a World—not to mention a national Trudeau Scholarship.
Billy-Ray Belcourt is getting used to winning.
This time the University of Alberta doctoral student in English managed not to cry at the podium when he accepted the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize yesterday for his poetry collection, This Wound is a World, a book that is taking Canada by storm.
Just two weeks ago he broke down in tears when he became the youngest ever to win the country’s most prestigious award for poetry, the Griffin Poetry Prize.
“Last time I didn’t get the chance to thank everyone because I was sobbing,” he said, his voice only slightly cracked with emotion. “So now I can think.”