2019 WinnerLatner Griffin Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize
"Through six collections of poems, Stephen Collis has achieved something remarkable: an invigorating body of work that convincingly addresses both the urgency of the present moment and the long echoes of our historical and lyrical past.
In disrupted language simultaneously unsettled and musical, Collis passionately investigates subjects as diverse as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, John Clare and the English countryside, the increasing disappearance of public space, and, in a hauntingly beautiful sequence, the death of his sister from cancer. The depth and scope of Collis’ vision is startling and impressive; so are the courage, precision, and care he brings to the poems he creates.
In Collis, we find a poet ferociously hitting his stride. We’re looking forward with eagerness to what comes next. " — Jury Citation (Hoa Nguyen and Margo Wheaton)