29 June 2018

On 7 June 2018, 2018 Foundation scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt received the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut collection of poems, This Wound is a World, becoming the youngest winner in the prize’s history. Blending the codes of love song, elegy, prayer, and manifesto, Billy-Ray’s poetry evokes the intimacy and violence of Indigenous embodied experiences in Canada. In its citation, the Griffin Trust judging panel praised the collection of poems as a “politically necessary” meditation on queerness, Indigeneity, rebellion, and survival. Congratulations, Billy-Ray! 

Learn about the Griffin Poetry Prize and read an excerpt of Billy’s collection of poems here. Order This Wound is a World in paperback here.

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt (English, University of Alberta) looks at his personal history and the works of contemporary Indigenous artists and writers to explore the theoretically significant ways that Indigenous peoples enact care in Canada.

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