Join VIRL and the BC and Yukon Book Prizes on Thursday, November 18th from 7-8 pm on Zoom for an author presentation with Michael Prior.

Michael Prior’s book Burning Province is a finalist for the 2021 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

Amid the record-breaking wildfires that scorched British Columbia in 2015 and 2017, the poems in this collection move seamlessly between geographical and psychological landscapes, grappling with cultural trauma and mapping out complex topographies of grief, love, and inheritance: those places in time marked by generational memory “when echo crosses echo.”

Burning Province is an elegy for a home aflame and for grandparents who had a complex relationship to it–but it is also a vivid appreciation of mono no aware: the beauty and impermanence of all living things. “The fireflies stutter like an apology,” Prior writes; “I would be lying to you / if I didn’t admit I love them.”

To register, email Megan Cole at

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