A North Island College (NIC) English instructor is now the winner of a $25,000 national poetry prize.
NIC announced Jordan Scott recently won the 2018 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, which recognizes the body of work and contributions to Canadian poetry.
Scot has published four poetry books: Slit, Blert, Decomp and Night & Ox.
After touring the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, Scott also produced two collections: Clearance Process and Lanterns at Guantánamo.
“His associations, insinuations, discoveries, tensions and mysterious propulsive force – these manifestations of his consciousness – are wondrous,” The Writers’ Trust jury said of Scott’s poetry.
Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Graeme Gibson, Margaret Laurence and David Young founded the Writers’ Trust of Canada in 1976.
In a release from NIC Monday afternoon, Scott said the award came as a complete surprise.
Scott says poetry allows for freedom to explore language.
“I look at language like a material – like clay – which you can tear apart and reassemble to create something unique to how your body moves, to how you breathe. It’s a wonderfully mysterious medium.”