Celebrating the Trillium Book Award for Poetry

28may11:30 am12:30 pmCelebrating the Trillium Book Award for PoetryWith Laurie D. Graham, Madhur Anand, Sanna Wani, and Gary Barwin

Speakers for this event

  • Gary Barwin

    Gary Barwin



  • Laurie D. Graham

    Laurie D. Graham


    Laurie D. Graham grew up in Treaty 6 territory, and she currently lives in Nogojiwanong, in the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg, where she is a writer, an editor, and the publisher of Brick magazine. Her previous books are Rove and Settler Education.

    URL https://lauriedgraham.substack.com/


  • Madhur Anand

    Madhur Anand


    Madhur Anand is the author of the experimental memoir This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart, and the poetry collections A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes and Parasitic Oscillations. She received the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2021. She is a professor of ecology and sustainability at the University of Guelph.


  • Sanna Wani

    Sanna Wani


    Sanna Wani is the author of My Grief, the Sun (House of Anansi Press, 2022). She is the poetry editor at Fernwood Publishing and a columnist for Herizons Magazine. Her writing has been featured in Brick, Poem-a-day, The Poetry Foundation’s podcast The Slowdown and more. She loves daisies.


Event Details

In partnership with Ontario Creates

Join us for a special conversation with the shortlisted poets for the 2023 Trillium Book Award for Poetry.

Fast Commute by Laurie D. Graham
McClelland & Stewart

Here is a lament for places in flux, where industrial, commercial, or suburban development encroaches or invades. From Highway 401 to Refinery Row east of Edmonton, from Lake Ontario to the Fraser River, this long poemtakes aim at the structures that support ecological injustice and attempts new forms of expression grounded in respect for flora, fauna, water, land, and air. It also wrestles with the impossibility of speaking ethically about “the environment” as a settler living within and benefiting from the will to destroy that so often doubles as nationalism.

Parasitic Oscillations by Madhur Anand
McClelland & Stewart

The poems in Madhur Anand’s second collection interrogate the inevitability of undesired cyclic variation caused by feedback in the amplifying devices of both poetry and science.

There are several interacting currents: the poet’s own work between the arts and the sciences, living between North American and Indian cultures, as well as examining contemporary environments through the lag effects of the past. Weaving in a close reading of A.O. Hume’s The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds (1889), anticolonial, intertextual, feminist, electronic, and diasporic relationships are examined against the backdrop of unprecedented ecological collapse. Here, birds are often no longer direct subjects of metaphor, but rather remain strange, sometimes silent, a kind of menacing and stray capacitance, but can still act as harbingers of discovery and hope.

My Grief, the Sun by Sanna Wani
House of Anansi Press

In Sanna Wani’s poems, each verse is ode and elegy. The body is the page, time is a friend, and every voice, a soul. Sharply political and frequently magical, these often-intimate poems reach for everything from Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 film Princess Mononoke to German Orientalist scholarship on early Islam. From concrete to confessional, exegesis to erasure, the Missinnihe river in Canada to the Zabarwan mountains in Kashmir, My Grief, the Sun undoes genre, listens carefully to the planet’s breathing, addresses an endless and ineffable you, and promises enough joy and sorrow to keep growing.


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