American poet wins Canada’s richest prize

Roger Reeves

Last week the annual Griffith Poetry Prize announced the 2023 winner, Best Barbarian by Roger Reeves, The US poet received C$130,000 in prize money. The other finalists were each awarded C$10,000. The Toronto prize is the world’s largest international prize for a single book of poetry written in English.

The 43-year old poet currently lives and works in Austin Texas, His Best Barbarian is a collection that explores Black life in contemporary America.