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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
May 27, 2018

or more or

by Donato Mancini

We've devoted this and the previous six Poem of the Week installments to the poetry collections on the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist. We now draw to the end of the tour with "or more or" (as it's called in the "Contents" at the end of the book) from Donato Mancini's Same Diff.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
May 20, 2018

I fold in half

by Aisha Sasha John

Our Poem of the Week excursion through the poetry collections on the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist now stops at "I fold in half", one of numerous examples of Aisha Sasha John's refreshingly direct authorial voice in I have to live.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
May 13, 2018

The Rez Sisters II

by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Next up in our Poem of the Week tour through the poetry collections on the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist is "The Rez Sisters II", a selection from Billy-Ray Belcourt's This Wound is a World.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
May 6, 2018

Hard Child

by Natalie Shapero

We hope you're sharing our delight as we make our way through the poetry collections on the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist, a Poem of the Week at a time. This week, we're savouring the many pleasures of Natalie Shapero's "Hard Child", the eponymous poem of her shortlisted work.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
April 29, 2018

from Vaporative

by Layli Long Soldier

As we make our way through the poetry collections on the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist, Poem of the Week now casts its gaze at "Vaporative", a selection from Layli Long Soldier's Whereas.

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Griffin Poetry Prize Highlights

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Jordan Abel, Erin Soros

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Jordan Abel, author Erin Soros (reading for 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Denise Riley)

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
2017 Griffin Poetry Prize judges Joan Naviyuk Kane, George Szirtes and Sue Goyette
Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Abdellatif Laabi, Donald Nicholson-Smith

2017 International Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Abdellatif Laabi and translator Donald Nicholson-Smith

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Alice Oswald

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Alice Oswald reads at Koerner Hall

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Frank Bidart

2017 Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipient Frank Bidart reads at Koerner Hall

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Sandra Ridley

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Sandra Ridley reads at Koerner Hall

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings at Koerner Hall

Front row (left to right): Frank Bidart, Erin Soros (who read for Denise Riley), Donald Nicholson-Smith, Abdellatif Laabi, Sandra Ridley - Back row (left to right): Jeramy Dodds (who read for Jane Mead), George Szirtes, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Sue Goyette, Hoa Nguyen, Scott Griffin, Alice Oswald, Jordan Abel

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Hoa Nguyen, Jordan Abel, Sandra Ridley and Donald Nicholson-Smith

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets and translators Hoa Nguyen, Jordan Abel, Sandra Ridley and Donald Nicholson-Smith at the book signing tables after the readings at Koerner Hall

Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Scott Griffin

Griffin Poetry Prize founder Scott Griffin welcomes guests to the 2017 awards ceremony.

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Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
2017 Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony

Tropical decor at the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Hoa Nguyen, Sonnet L'Abbe

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Hoa Nguyen, poet, editor and professor Sonnet L'Abbe

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Joan Naviyuk Kane, Erin Soros

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Joan Naviyuk Kane, author Erin Soros (who read for 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Denise Riley)

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Adam Sol, Erin Knight, Adam Dickinson

2016 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Adam Sol, Erin Knight, Adam Dickinson

Jordan Abel, Erin Soros
Jordan Abel, Chelsea Novak

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Jordan Abel, Chelsea Novak

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Erin Soros, Sandra Ridley
Erin Soros, Sandra Ridley

Author Erin Soros (reading for 2017 International Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Denise Riley), 2017 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Sandra Ridley

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Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley

Griffin Poetry Prize assistant Jessica Cooney, Griffin Poetry Prize press and publicity manager Melissa Shirley

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Abdellatif Laabi
Abdellatif Laabi

2017 International Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Abdellatif Laabi

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Sandra Ridley, Scott Griffin, Erin Soros
Sandra Ridley, Scott Griffin, Erin Soros

2017 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Sandra Ridley, Griffin Poetry Prize founder Scott Griffin, author Erin Soros (reading for 2017 International Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Denise Riley)

Alice Oswald, John FitzGerald
Alice Oswald, John FitzGerald

2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Alice Oswald, John FitzGerald, Director of Information Services & University Librarian, University College (Cork)

Krystyne Griffin, Adrienne Clarkson
Krystyne Griffin, Adrienne Clarkson

Krystyne Griffin and former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson

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Krystyne Griffin, Adrienne Clarkson
Frank Bidart

2017 Griffin Lifetime Recognition award recipient Frank Bidart

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2018 Shortlist

The books and poets of the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Verses Festival of Words

Your Voice Here – the 2018 Edmonton Poetry Festival

Cuirt International Festival of Literature

Weaver Words – Frodsham Literature Festival

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Sarau Brazil – St George Edition / Edição – São Jorge

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National Poetry Month.ca

National Poetry Month (Canada, US, UK)

National Poetry Month: Poetry Rocks

Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! 2018 Contest winners announced

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships submission deadline

Grist ProForma Contest submission deadline

Sequestrum 2018 Editor’s Reprint Award Poetry submission deadline

Six Week Poetry Course with Theresa Munoz

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Far Horizons Award for Poetry submission deadline

Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival

Jaffe, Hoy and Di Saverio at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival

Newcastle Poetry Festival

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Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival

Newcastle Poetry Festival

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

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Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival

Newcastle Poetry Festival

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

Kanada Koncrete: Material Poetries in the Digital Age

Massachusetts Poetry Festival

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Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival

Newcastle Poetry Festival

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

Kanada Koncrete: Material Poetries in the Digital Age

Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Loud Mouths, hosted by Kanada Koncrete

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The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

Kanada Koncrete: Material Poetries in the Digital Age

Massachusetts Poetry Festival

BOMB Biennial Poetry Contest submission deadline

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

Poem of the Week

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

Six Week Poetry Course with Theresa Munoz

Michael Ondaatje Warlight Book Launch

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

Catriona Wright and Spencer Gordon at Tree Reading Series

Wolsak and Wynn 2018 Spring Launch

Starnino, Dutt and Mc Donnell at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

The Unpublished City Volume II submission deadline

Managing Editor, The New Quarterly application deadline

Music and Poetry Festival

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

#todayspoem

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

Poem of the Week

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

Six Week Poetry Course with Theresa Munoz

#twitterpoetryclub

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

Brick Books Spring 2018 Group Launch

Deahl, Tolmie and Pardy at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

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Sage Hill Writing Experience – Spring Poetry Colloquium with Sylvia Legris

Carlisle Poetry Symposium

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Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize 2018 submission deadline

Poem of the Week

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Six Week Poetry Course with Theresa Munoz

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Whitney French at Tree Reading Series

Nixon, Nudelman and Brown at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Sawdust presents Margo LaPierre and Manahil Bandukwala

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Apostolides & Paré at the Atwater Poetry Project

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Literature for All of Us Poetry Bash

A.F. Moritz Lovefest

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International Welsh Poetry Competition submission deadline

Poem of the Week

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#todayspoem

Scottish Poetry Library Project Co-ordinator application deadline

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Common Readings, the May Edition

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXIII

Indigenous Voices Award winners announced

Nielsen and Ratt at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Steven Winn, part of City Arts & Lectures

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Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

bpNichol Chapbook Award submission deadline

The Banister 33rd Annual Poetry Contest submission deadline

CBC Poetry Prize submission deadline

Canadian Lines – An Evening of Poetry

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Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

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Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

Bengali Literary Resource Centre (BLRC) meeting with Anne Michaels

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