Poet Ken Babstock will read at Memorial University in St. John’s on Wednesday, March 21. Mr. Babstock’s latest collection, Airstream Land Yacht, has been nominated for the 2007 Winterset Award and was also a 2006 nominee for the Governor General’s Award.
The critically-acclaimed poet was born in Newfoundland and grew up in the Ottawa Valley. His poems have been anthologized in both Canada and the U.S., and have appeared in numerous Canadian journals, including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International and Canadian Literature, and have won Gold at the National Magazine Awards. His work has been translated into Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, and Latvian.
He is the author of Mean, which won the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People’s Poet Award, and which one critic declared “the yardstick for a certain generation of poets.” His second collection, Days into Flatspin, was the winner of a K.M. Hunter Award.
His much-anticipated third collection, Airstream Land Yacht, has been hailed as his finest to date, combining formal beauty with imagistic brinksmanship and playful humour.
The reading takes place in room A-1046, the Arts Atrium at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Free parking in lots 1A and 1B.