Skip to content

Ian Williams interviews Susan Musgrave

“It’s almost as if she died and she took the words away.”

—Susan Musgrave

In this interview with Griffin Trustee Ian Williams, 2023 Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Susan Musgrave on the role of poetry in providing catharsis, the neuroscience of the grieving brain, the tension between grief and love, and remembering the life of her daughter beyond her tragic fate. She ends with a reading of the poem “The Truth” from her shortlisted collection, Exculpatory Lilies (Mcclelland & Stewart).

Join us at the Griffin Poetry Prize Readings in Toronto on June 7—our first live event in three years—to hear readings from all of our finalists, as well as this year’s Lifetime Recognition Award recipient and the Canadian First Book Prize winner. Tickets are now on sale here.

Interviews Archive

Eleanor Wachtel interviews Tolu Oloruntoba

In this in-depth interview with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel, 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian winner Tolu Oloruntoba shares some of his earliest memories, the influential role …

Eleanor Wachtel interviews Douglas Kearney

In this exclusive interview with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel, 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize international winner Douglas Kearney delves into how hip-hop and Black vernacular traditions have …