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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
July 15, 2018

from Iona

by Mick Imlah

Scottish poet and editor Mick Imlah passed away at age 53 in January 2009. The following spring, his last poetry collection, The Lost Leader, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. "Iona" comes from that collection.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
July 8, 2018

My Hand and Cold

by Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero's "My Hand and Cold", from her 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Hard Child, keeps the reader feeling off kilter, even apprehensive, over the course of seven brief stanzas. Let's examine how she does it ... and why.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
July 1, 2018

Citation for Anne Carson’s “Men in the Off Hours”

by Carolyn Forché

We've noted before that when we consider each Poem of the Week, we often take as our cue the observations of our judges, beautifully encapsulated in the citations that accompany each shortlist announcement. We've also remarked on how those citations are often poetic works unto themselves, as they pay tribute to shortlisted works.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
June 24, 2018

The Cows on Killing Day

by Les Murray

After dwelling amidst the delights of the poetry collections comprising the most recent shortlist, it feels like a good time to go back to the shortlist with which the Griffin Poetry Prize started off 18 years ago. This powerful selection comes from Les Murray's 2001 International Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Learning Human.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
June 17, 2018

Epistolary Correspondences

by Susan Howe

Susan Howe is the winner of the 2018 International Griffin Poetry Prize, for her singular and intriguing poetry collection Debths. Let's celebrate this milestone in her distinguished career by revisiting our Poem of the Week look at "Epistolary Correspondences".

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Griffin Poetry Prize Highlights

Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin welcomes poetry lovers to the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings at Koerner Hall

Ben Lerner

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Ben Lerner

Tongo Eisen-Martin

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Tongo Eisen-Martin

Sarah Howe

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Sarah Howe

Susan Howe

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Susan Howe

Layli Long Soldier

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Layli Long Soldier

Ian Williams

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Ian Williams

Natalie Shapero

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Natalie Shapero

Ana Blandiana

2018 Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipient Ana Blandiana

Billy-Ray Belcourt

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Billy-Ray Belcourt

Aisha Sasha John

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Aisha Sasha John

Donato Mancini

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Donato Mancini

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings at Koerner Hall

Front row (left to right): Layli Long Soldier, Sarah Howe, Ana Blandiana, Susan Howe Natalie Shapero / Back row (left to right): Ian Williams, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Ben Lerner, Scott Griffin, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Aisha Sasha John, Donato Mancini

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony

Vibrant decor at the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony

Sarah Howe, Susan Howe

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Sarah Howe, 2018 Griffin Poery Prize shortlisted poet Susan Howe

Billy-Ray Belcourt, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Layli Long Soldier

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets Billy-Ray Belcourt, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Layli Long Soldier

Natalie Shapero, Ricky Crano

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Natalie Shapero, Tufts University lecturer Ricky Crano

Canisia Lubrin, Aisha Sasha John, Catherine Callender

Poet Canisia Lubrin, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Aisha Sasha John, Catherine Callender

Sarah Steeves,Donato Mancini

Sarah Steeves,2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Donato Mancini

Susan Howe

2018 International Griffin Poetry Prize winner Susan Howe

Billy-Ray Belcourt

2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize winner Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt,Scott Griffin, Susan Howe

Griffin Poetry Prize founder Scott Griffin proudly presents 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize winners Billy-Ray Belcourt and Susan Howe

David Chariandy, Ian Williams, Eleanor Wachtel

Author David Chariandy and broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel praise 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Ian Williams on a job exceedingly well done.

Ana Blandiana, Scott Griffin

Griffin Poetry Prize founder Scott Griffin congratulates Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipient Ana Blandiana

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony
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2018 Shortlist

The books and poets of the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Learn more here about the poetry collections, poets and publishers recognized on the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.

2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology

2018 Shortlist

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Lifetime Recognition

Get to know the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipients

Learn more about the distinguished recipients of the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award, representing poetry from around the world.



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Poem of the Week

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Live Canon International Poetry Competition submission deadline

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Cadsby, Chafe and Vuksanovich at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Resonance Reading Series

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The Word on the Street Pop-up

Double book launch: Chernoff, Schmaltz, L’Abbé & Barwin

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Windsor International Writers Conference

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Windsor International Writers Conference

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Windsor International Writers Conference

Poem of the Week

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#twitterpoetryclub

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#todayspoem

Young, smith and Stewart at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

The Voyage Out: Poetry, Prose, Music & Memoir with Anne-Marie Fyfe

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Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

Drums and Colours: The Early Works of Walcott

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Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

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Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

Poem of the Week

The Malahat Review Queer Perspectives issue submission deadline

Poetry Is Dead – Metal issue submission deadline

Room Magazine Fiction and Poetry Contests submission deadline

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Galway International Arts Festival

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Galway International Arts Festival

Scheier, Bissett and Richter at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Galway International Arts Festival

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Galway International Arts Festival

Saskatchewan Festival of Words

Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival

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Galway International Arts Festival

Saskatchewan Festival of Words

Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival

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Galway International Arts Festival

Saskatchewan Festival of Words

Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival

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Galway International Arts Festival

Saskatchewan Festival of Words

Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival

Poem of the Week

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Galway International Arts Festival

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Galway International Arts Festival

Sorbara, Duran and Aitken at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Galway International Arts Festival

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Galway International Arts Festival

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Galway International Arts Festival

The Slaminals of Farthing Wood

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Galway International Arts Festival

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Galway International Arts Festival

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXV

Piudik, Arima and Dewar at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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