2024 Festival:
October 21–27

28: An Evening with Billy-Ray Belcourt

28: An Evening with Billy-Ray Belcourt


Some writers are so talented, and so transcendent, that you wonder how they haven’t been part of the canon for generations. Billy-Ray Belcourt is one of those writers: the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize; a national bestseller and multi-awardwinning memoirist for A History of My Brief Body; and a celebrated professor, writer, and scholar from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He’ll talk more about his work to date, including his debut novel, A Minor Chorus: an urgent story about breaching the prisons we live inside. Jordan Tannahill once said, “I’m calling it now. Billy-Ray Belcourt will win the Nobel Prize for Literature one day.” Don’t miss your chance to hear from this brilliant, daring literary voice. Hosted by Mercedes Eng.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the finalists and winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Event Participants:

Billy-Ray Belcourt

BILLY-RAY BELCOURT is a writer from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He won the Griffin Poetry Prize for This Wound Is a World, and A History of My Brief Body won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. A Minor Chorus is his first novel. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Mercedes Eng

MERCEDES ENG is the author of the poetry books Mercenary English, my yt mama, and Prison Industrial Complex Explodes. Eng’s creative practice combines experiential knowledge, community organizing, independent study, and a hybrid poetics that deploys multiple forms of language.