Maggie Burton, NL councilor, wins Griffin First Canadian Book Prize

A city councilor from St. John’s, NL, has won the Canadian First Book Prize, administered by the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Maggie Burton received the $10,000 prize for her poetry collection “Chores.”

The jury describes the collection as ‘traditional and inventive’.

In addition to her second term as at-large councilor in the capital, Newfoundland and Labrador, Burton is a professional violinist.

Burton is only the second winner of the Canadian First Book Prize, which created the Griffin Poetry Prize after the Canadian and international categories were combined into one global winner.

It goes to the best debut collection by a Canadian or permanent resident of Canada published in English in the past year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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