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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.

Tadeusz Rózewicz, Distinguished Polish Poet and Playwright, Dies at Age 92

We’re saddened to learn of the passing of poet Tadeusz Rozewicz of Wroclaw, Poland. Sobbing Superpower, selected poems of Rózewicz translated by Joanna Trzceziak, graced the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.

The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2014 International and Canadian Shortlist

TORONTO – April 8, 2014 – Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry and poet Jeramy Dodds announced the International and Canadian shortlist for this year’s prize. Judges Robert Bringhurst (Canada), Jo Shapcott (UK) and C.D. Wright (USA) each read 539 books of poetry, from 40 countries, including 24 translations. Get all the details here.

Griffin Poetry Prize 2014 Shortlist Readings

Tickets for the Shortlist Readings to be held on Wednesday, June 4th, at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto are available here or by calling (416) 408-0208.



Guess the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize winners … and win a poetry anthology!

Correctly predict the International and Canadian winners of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and you could win a copy of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize anthology. Learn more and submit your guesses here.

Looking back on
Griffin Poetry Prize 2013


Enjoy more Griffin Poetry Prize 2013 event photographs here.

Photos by Tom Sandler Photography

  • Poem of the Week
    April 20, 2014 to April 27, 2014

    by Sue Goyette
    Poem "Eighteen" in Sue Goyette's Ocean is quite the lachrymose wave of, well, lachrymose waves. How, then, does she manage to make such a tide of tears sound so jaunty and even like there should be reason to be hopeful?
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