Ken Babstock (born 1970) is a Canadian poet. He was born in Newfoundland and raised in the Ottawa Valley. Babstock began publishing his poems in journals and anthologies, winning gold at the 1997 Canadian National Magazine Awards. He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Career and Awards
Babstock's first collection in 1999, Mean, won him the Milton Acorn Award and the 2000 Atlantic Poetry Prize. According to the official edition of 1999, Mean is a "stunning exploration of the threshold and divide between our primeval origins and the meanness of our everyday lives." Babstock has since published a second collection, Days into Flatspin, which has also come in for high critical praise.
He was the winner of a K.M. Hunter Award. His poems have won Gold at the National Magazine Awards, have been anthologized in Canada and the United States, and have been translated into Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, and Latvian.
Babstock's collection, Airstream Land Yacht, won the Trillium Book Award, was shortlisted for the 2007 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, and was nominated for the 2006 Governor General's Award for poetry.
Babstock's most recent collection, Methodist Hatchet, won the 2012 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize.
- Griffin Poetry Prize biography
- Griffin Poetry Prize reading, including video clip
- Profile on House of Anansi Press Web site
- Ken Babstock talks about his private bookshelf, online from CBC Words at Large (audio)
- Airstream Land Yacht by Ken Babstock
- Ken Babstock biography
- Ken Babstock and Jan Conn
- author page at Lyrikline.org, with audio, text, and biography.
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