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Ian Williams Interviews 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian Finalist Tolu Oloruntoba

“[Observation] has been a way to document my own landscape, my own past, and see if I can understand why I am the way I am.” —Tolu Oloruntoba

In this interview with Griffin Trustee Ian Williams, 2022 #GriffinPoetryPrize Canadian Finalist Tolu Oloruntoba discusses, among other things, the key role of observation in his practice, the need to document things that don’t make sense to him, and why doctors make such good writers. The interview includes a reading of “Incursus” from Oloruntoba’s shortlisted collection, The Junta of Happenstance (Palimpsest Press).

Join us on our website and YouTube channel on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) for the live screening of our 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize winners announcement film.

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