Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt is a poet and the author of the collection This Wound is a World.
Billy Ray Belcourt is the author of This Wound is a World. (Billy-Ray Belcourt)

Billy-Ray Belcourt is a Rhodes Scholar and PhD student  from Driftpile Cree Nation in Alberta. His debut collection of poetry, This Wound is a World, is unapologetically Indigenous and queer at the same time. Belcourt issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain without giving up on the future. 

Belcourt won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize for This Wound is a World. The collection also won the 2018 Indigenous Voices Award for most significant work of poetry in English. It is currently a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry.

Books by Billy-Ray Belcourt


Billy-Ray Belcourt on his debut collection of poetry. 10:20
Griffin Poetry Prize winner Billy-Ray Belcourt reads his poem Ode to Northern Alberta from his collection This Wound is a World. 0:57
Billy-Ray Belcourt talks about why he returned to the University of Alberta, despite having acceptance letters from three other prestigious institutions. 7:26


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