June 23rd, 2024

Maggie Burton, NL city councillor, wins Griffin First Canadian Book Prize

By The Canadian Press on May 29, 2024.

St. John's, N.L. city councillor Maggie Burton, shown in a handout photo, has won the Canadian First Book Prize, administered by the Griffin Poetry Prize. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kelly Hynes **MANDATORY CREDIT**

A city councillor for St. John’s, N.L., has won the Canadian First Book Prize, administered by the Griffin Poetry Prize.

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

Judges describe the collection as both “traditional and inventive.”

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

Burton is just the second winner of the Canadian First Book Prize, which the Griffin Poetry Prize established after combining its Canadian and international categories into one global winner.

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

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

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