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By funding the Griffin Poetry Prize
- the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in, or translated into English, from any country in the world – the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry aims to spark the public’s imagination and raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life.

Brenda Hillman’s Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire and Anne Carson’s Red Doc> Win the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize

TORONTO – June 5, 2014Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire by Brenda Hillman and Red Doc> by Anne Carson are the International and Canadian winners of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize. They each received C$65,000 in prize money.Get all the details here.

Adélia Prado receives Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award

On June 4, 2014, revered Brazilian writer and poet Adélia Prado was honoured with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s Lifetime Recognition Award, presented to her by trustee Robert Hass. Learn more about Adélia Prado here.

Griffin Poetry Prize 2014 Shortlist Readings

The Shortlist Readings held on Wednesday, June 4th, at Koerner Hall were glorious. Relive this unforgettable evening of poetry here via the archived livestream.



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Guess the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize winners contest

Take a look at who correctly predicted the International and Canadian winners of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and won a copy of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize anthology. Thank you to everyone for your entries!

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Griffin Poetry Prize 2014


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  • Poem of the Week
    July 27, 2014 to August 3, 2014

    Father's Old Blue Cardigan
    by Anne Carson
    In Anne Carson's "Father's Old Blue Cardigan", the narrator's observations of her father's mental decline are heartwrenching in their plainly stated simplicity. Further, the poignance of the child's recognition of this stage in the father's life is reinforced with strong sensory impressions and some striking reversals.
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