We’re so excited to announce that Jónína Kirton will be our judge for this year’s contest formerly known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize! Read on to learn more about Jónína, and don’t forget to send us your suggestions for the contest’s new name by Monday, June 28th. Information about changes to the contest and details on how to submit a suggestion can be found here.
Jónína Kirton is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet and a graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio where she is their BIPOC Auntie supporting and mentoring BIPOC students. A late-blooming poet, she was sixty-one when she received the 2016 City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category.
Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, was released with Talonbooks in 2015. Joanne Arnott described this collection as “restorative, intimate poetry, drawing down ancestral ideas into the current moment’s breath.” Her second collection, An Honest Woman, was released in 2017, again with Talonbooks. It was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Betsy Warland had this to say about An Honest Woman: “Kirton picks over how she was raised familially and culturally like a crime scene.” Her third book, a poetic memoir, Standing in the River of Time, will be released in 2022 with Talonbooks.