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Ken Babstock on Linda Besner:

It’s been said before, with other first books in mind, in any number of ways, and it’s just as true with Linda Besner: she didn’t debut or develop so much as explode. The Id Kid is a Catherine wheel, a flying contraption, a diamond-tipped drill bit, a hall of illusion, and a depth charge. Besner’s imagination doesn’t appear to have an upper or outer limit. Her language re-activates what seemed previously inert or emptied out. Reading her poems is a bad trip and a transformational experience. She should be given keys to all the cities.

Linda Besner is the author of The Id Kid, published in 2011 by Véhicule Press and named as one of the National Post’s Best Poetry Books of the Year. Her poetry has appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve, and The Malahat Review among other journals, and been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry 2012. She lives in Montreal. Besner was selected by Ken Babstock.

Ken Babstock is the author of five collections of poetry and many National Magazine Award-winning poems, and in 2014 he was awarded the inaugural Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize in recognition of his remarkable body of work. Babstock has served as poetry editor for House of Anansi Press and currently sits on the poetry board for McClelland & Stewart. He lives in Toronto.




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September 19 for books published between June 201 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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