Jessica Le Bas is the winner of the 2019 Poetry Prize.
Le Bas currently lives in Nikao, Rarotonga, where her work takes her into Pa Enua, the outer islands of the Cook Islands. Her entry for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize was drawn from a growing sequence of poems arising from her experiences living in what she describes as “the cultural wealth and wisdom of the extraordinary people of the Cook Islands”.
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2019 Guest Judge
Anne Michaels is an award-winning poet, novelist, essay writer and former Toronto Poet Laureate.
Her multiple awards and shortlistings include the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Americas, the Orange Prize, the Governor-General’s Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Her latest poetry collection All We Saw was published in late 2017.
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