CANISIA LUBRIN ADDS $65k GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE TO HER LIST OF AWARDS

Jun 23, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Whitby, Ontario based writer Canisia Lubrin is this year’s Canadian winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize.

She receives $65,000 for her poem “The Dyzgraphxst” awarded during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday. Jurors hailed Lubrin’s sophomore collection as a “spectacular feat of architecture called a poem.”

The poem is set against the backdrop of contemporary capitalist fascism, nationalism and the climate disaster, where the central figure grapples with understanding their existence.

The international prize, also worth $65,000 went to Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort for “Music for the Dead and Resurrected.”

The Griffin is billed as the world’slargest prize for a first-edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English.

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