Poets Talking

Moderator: Ian Williams

Event Number: 79
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Poets Talking

Sunday, Oct 27
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Dive into the minds of two Griffin Poetry Prize winning poets: Billy-Ray Belcourt and Eve Joseph. Belcourt’s This Wound is a World exemplifies poetry at its “most intimate and politically necessary”: work he continues in NDN Coping Mechanisms, an illuminating, genre-bending exploration of NDN and queer realities. Joseph’s Quarrels, finds “new music” in the marvellous and the illogical. In conversation with award-winning poet and novelist Ian Williams, these poetry heavyweights join forces, discussing their approach to craft, reading from their work and sharing the inspiration behind their words. This rare conversation between literary virtuosos will leave you breathless.

Event Participants:

Billy-Ray Belcourt


Billy-Ray Belcourt (he/him) is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. His debut book of poems, This Wound is a World, won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and was named the Most Significant Book of Poetry in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer at the 2018 Indigenous Voices Award. It was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award. It was named by CBC Books as one of the best Canadian poetry collections of the year. Billy-Ray is a Ph.D. student and a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He is also a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Wadham College at the University of Oxford.

Eve Joseph

British Columbia

Eve Joseph‘s first two books of poetry The Startled Heart (Oolichan, 2004) and The Secret Signature of Things (Brick, 2010) were both nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award. Her nonfiction book In the Slender Margin was published by HarperCollins in 2014 and won the Hubert Evans award for nonfiction. Her most recent book of poetry Quarrels (Anvil, 2018) was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award and won the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize.