UVic professor wins poetry prize
University of Victoria writing professor Tim Lilburn has been awarded the European Medal of Poetry and Art, making him the first Canadian to receive the award.
The Brussels-based European prize known as the Homer Medal is awarded annually to creators in the world of literature and the visual arts whose work “with simplicity and beauty [gives] a universal message to the world,” according to organizers. Previous winners include poets from Turkey, Armenia, China, the U.S. and Iraq.
“To be part of a group that includes [former winners] like the Lithuanian poet Tomas Venclova, who would complain?” Lilburn said. “It is a great honour.”
Beijing poet Zhao Si Fang will be on hand to present Lilburn with his medal during an Oct. 10 ceremony on the UVic campus. Fang has been translating the work of Lilburn since 2008, including his acclaimed 2012 collection of poems Assiniboia.
Lilburn, a Governor General’s Award-winning poet, has authored 12 books of poetry and essays. He has a pair of books due in 2018, including a collection of essays, The Larger Conversation: Contemplation and Place, and a book-length poem, The House of Charlemagne.