The CBC Poetry Prize Returns For 2019

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Poetry is good for the soul -- Reading it. Sharing it. And if you're a writer, perhaps crafting some of your own. Running up to May 31, you may want to consider writing something for the CBC Poetry Prize in mind. Any poem -- or poems -- up to 600 words has an opportunity to win $6000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a two week writing residency at the Banff Centre. Driftpile Cree Nation poet Billy-Ray Belcourt is one of the jurors for this year's Prize, along with Lynn Crosbie and Olive Senior. Belcourt is an accomplished poet and Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta. He was a 2016 Rhodes Scholar as well as a Governor General's Literary Award finalist and in 2018, he won the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize, which is one of the richest poetry awards in the world. To encourage your own writing, he spoke with Russell Bowers.

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