Purely Poetry

Billy-Ray Belcourt, Julie Bruck, Canisia Lubrin, Shazia Hafiz Ramji

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Moderator: Billeh Nickerson

Event Number: 55
Tickets: $20.00

Purely Poetry

Billy-Ray Belcourt, Julie Bruck, Canisia Lubrin, Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Friday, October 19
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Poetry fans, this afternoon with some of Canada’s most exciting new voices, as moderated by celebrated professor and poet, Billeh Nickerson, is for you! Hear from sought-after Billy-Ray Belcourt, the youngest poet to ever win the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize for This Wound Is a World. Joining him is the “poet laureate of aftermath” Julie Bruck (How to Avoid Huge Ships); Canisia Lubrin (Voodoo Hypothesis), who is hailed as “a brilliant new Canadian voice”; and Shazia Hafiz Ramji (Port of Being), whose work is described as “a revelation.” Leave feeling rejuvenated by the power of poetry.

Event Participants:

Billy-Ray Belcourt


Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD student in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. This Wound is a World is his first book and won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize, among others.



Julie Bruck

United States

Julie Bruck is from Montreal and has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years. Her newest collection is How to Avoid Huge Ships. Recent work has appeared in PlumeThe New YorkerPoetry DailyThe New QuarterlyThe Malahat Review and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day. Her third book, Monkey Ranch, received the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.


Canisia Lubrin

Canisia Lubrin


Canisia Lubrin is writer, teacher, critic and editor. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, is advisor to Open Book, Poet in residence at Poetry in Voice and co-host of Pivot Reading Series in Toronto. Her debut Voodoo Hypothesis was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert, Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster awards and named a CBC Best Book of the Year. She lives in Whitby.


Shazia Hafiz Ramji

British Columbia

Shazia Hafiz Ramji‘s first book, Port of Being, received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards and the Alberta Magazine Awards, and her poetry and fiction are forthcoming in Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and The Humber Literary Review, respectively. Her criticism has appeared in venues such as Canadian Literature and Quill & Quire. She is an editor for Metatron Press.