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Poetry: a career with a future [Canada]:
The judges for one of the planet’s richest literary prizes agree: British Columbia makes great poets. All three of the Canadian poets on the shortlist for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize have a local connection.

SFU professor emeritus George Bowering is nominated for the $50,000 award. His book, Changing on the Fly (Polestar/Raincoast), is a “best of” Bowering—Canada’s first poet laureate. He retired from his parliamentary post last November but has stayed in Ontario to live.

Don McKay currently resides in Victoria, but taught writing at the universities of New Brunswick and Western Ontario. The author of nominated collection Camber (McClelland and Stewart) was also up for the Griffin in 2001, for Another Gravity.

Even Roo Borson, author of Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida (McClelland and Stewart), once lived in B.C. The long-time U of T professor took her master’s in fine arts from UBC, though she was raised in California. [...]
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