The mechanisms we use to make sense of our worlds, even our direct intimate experiences of it, come under constant scrutiny and a pressure that feels like love in Liz Howard's wild, scintillating debut poetry collection, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent. What Howard can accomplish with language strikes us as electric, hyper-contemporary, a kind of alchemy of perception and catastrophe.
Liz Howard s first book of poems, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, the first time a debut collection has won the award. The book was also a finalist for the 2015 Governor General s Award for Poetry. Born and raised in northern Ontario, Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian literary journals such as The Capilano Review, The Puritan, and Matrix Magazine. Her chapbook Skullambient was a finalist for the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph and works as a research officer in cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto.