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Get to Know: Jan Zwicky

Interview by Claudia Wilde

Our next Get to Know (with a few bonus added questions!) features Jan Zwicky, a poet, philosopher, essayist, and musician who will be appearing at this year’s Writers Fest in Vancouver. In 1981, Zwicky earned her PhD at the University of Toronto specializing in Philosophy of Logic and Science. Jan Zwicky has published over a dozen books of poetry, and was the recipient of the Dorothy Livesay Prize and the Governor General’s Award for poetry. After teaching for a number of years, she has finally settled on Quadra Island. Last year she came out with a collection of poetry called The Long Walk.

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Revisiting PRISM’s 50th Anniversary Issue

PRISM 50th Anniversary Issue CoverLast month—in preparation for PRISM’s participation at the Griffin Vancouver event—I pulled out PRISM’s 50th Anniversary Issue.

The nominees for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize had been announced and PRISM had been asked to attend the Vancouver celebration, which would include a live stream of the Toronto award ceremony.

We were thrilled to find that our 50th Anniversary Issue not only featured Seamus Heaney, who was to receive the Griffin Trust for Excellence In Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award, but also two nominees for the Canadian award. Jan Zwicky was shortlisted for Forge and Ken Babstock for Methodist Hatchet. Continue reading Revisiting PRISM’s 50th Anniversary Issue