63 Griffin Laureate 2016: Liz Howard in Conversation with Aislinn Hunter

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Studio 1398

At the age of 30, Liz Howard is the youngest poet, and the first with a debut collection, to win the $65,000 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize. Howard grew up in a small town in northeastern Ontario, where her ambitions were as stunted as the scrubby trees in the landscape: “My upbringing was quite difficult and impoverished, and when I was young I sort of thought that perhaps it would be best not to exist. And for me poetry made life possible.” Describing Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, this year’s Griffin judges said, “These poems are filled with magic and energy … vivid imagery and crackling language.” By day a research officer in cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, Howard is a brilliant new voice in Canadian poetry.