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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
April 14, 2019

Happy Birthday Moon

by Raymond Antrobus

Over the next eight weeks, our Poem of the Week choices will come from the seven works on the newly announced 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist, along with a stop along the way to appreciate the work of the latest Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipient (to be announced April 24, 2019). The first selection is comes from The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
April 7, 2019

from 38

by Layli Long Soldier

While we await the announcement of the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist, let's revisit an unforgettable part of the 2018 shortlist. Layli Long Soldier's "38" from her 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Whereas is a potent centerpiece of, as the prize judges express it in their citation, "an intricate and urgent counter-history, a work of elegy, outrage and profound generosity", striving for interconnection in the present while grappling with the past. We are privileged to be able to see and hear Long Soldier present this complex work with startling and edifying clarity.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
March 31, 2019

Camber

by Don McKay

In the poem "Camber", which gives the name to Don McKay's 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poetry collection, the many facets of meaning of a word (not even mentioned in the poem itself) bring it all together - quietly, beautifully, enchantingly.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
March 24, 2019

Gay Incantations

by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt's 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection This Wound is a World offers, from beginning to end, a poetic journey both elucidating and starkly affecting. Each poem along the way manages that dual achievement differently, but helps build meaningful momentum over the course of the book. In "Gay Incantations", Belcourt renders the poem even more moving by using language in seemingly counterintuitive ways. Let's revisit what he achieves in this unforgettable piece.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
March 17, 2019

Anniversary

by Karen Solie

With "Anniversary", from her 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Short Haul Engine, Karen Solie perhaps sets out to undermine romantic love with the less-than-attractive aspects of everyday life. On the other hand, perhaps she has created an unconventionally beautiful love poem - doing the very same thing.

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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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2019 Shortlist

The books and poets of the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Learn more here about the poetry collections, poets, translators and publishers recognized on the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.

2019 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology

2019 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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Constructing Spaces exhibition

Exhibition: Women and the Small Press

Versefest

Concrete is Porous: poetry exhibition

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

Sage Hill Summer Poetry Workshop application deadline

Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize submission deadline

National Poetry Month.ca

Grain Magazine’s Short Grain Writing Contest submission deadline

#WhanThatAprilleDay

Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! 2018 Contest submission deadline

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

#twitterpoetryclub

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

#todayspoem

Songs of Travel at the Festival of Colour Arts Festival

Rowers April 2 Reading at Glad Day

Wong, Cheung and Shalfi at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

Songs of Travel at the Festival of Colour Arts Festival

Midweek Poems with Open Book

MoonVerse: A Spoken Word and Poetry Series

Poetry Association of Scotland: Jacob Polley

Poetry NOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Tentacular Thinking & Writing: A Poetry Workshop

Workshop: Ontogeny, Phylogeny and Poetry with Michael Broder

Eunoia – Fujiwara Dance Inventions

Dive into Spring 2019 at the Coach House Launch

The Shimmering Verge by Molly Peacock

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Orcas Island Lit Fest

Cambridge Literary Festival

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference 2019 Call for Proposals deadline

#todayspoem

Earthy Anecdotes

Reid and Munro at Planet Earth Poetry reading series

An Evening with Margaret Atwood

The Shimmering Verge by Molly Peacock

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Orcas Island Lit Fest

Cambridge Literary Festival

Walcott Festival Writing Workshops

15th Annual Barry Dempster Poetry Celebration

Trowbridge Stanza

The Shimmering Verge by Molly Peacock

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Orcas Island Lit Fest

Cambridge Literary Festival

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Poetry Workshops hosted by Vannessa Barnier of Legible Intelligibles

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2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist announced

National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Canada Water Library Creative Writing Group

McMaster, Blackman and Albert at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

New Zealand Poetry Society quarterly magazine submission deadline

Haig-Brown Heritage House Writer in Residence application deadline

Midweek Poems with Open Book

MoonVerse: A Spoken Word and Poetry Series

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Tentacular Thinking & Writing: A Poetry Workshop

Parkland Poets Reading Series

Emerging Writers Salon with Hart House Literary and Library Committee

Gathering Voices

Anansi Poetry Bash

The Shimmering Verge by Molly Peacock

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

2-Day Poem Contest registration deadline

#todayspoem

Blythe and Gardiner at Planet Earth Poetry reading series

The Shimmering Verge by Molly Peacock

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

#todayspoem

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Day of the Poets 2

The Shimmering Verge by Molly Peacock

Aisha Sasha John: HEAT (a work-in-progress)

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Hollie McNish reading

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Slope Editions’ 18th Annual Book Prize submission deadline

The Magpie Award For Poetry winner announced

The Palette Poetry Prize submission deadline

RBC / PEN Canada New Voices Award submission deadline

Write by the Sea 2019 scholarship application deadline

#twitterpoetryclub

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

Why Are You So Scared? & Other Questions about Poetry, Medicine and Shocks of Mortality

2019 CLC Kreisel Lecture with Dionne Brand

Eunoia – Fujiwara Dance Inventions

Sjoholm, Zeng and johnson at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

European Poetry Festival

National Haiku Poetry Day

Midweek Poems with Open Book

MoonVerse: A Spoken Word and Poetry Series

Lubrin and Davis read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Earth Songs – National Poetry Month readings at Salt Spring Public Island Public Library

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair

Tentacular Thinking & Writing: A Poetry Workshop

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair

O, Miami Poetry Festival presents José Olivarez, Natalie Scenters-Zapico and Raymond Antrobus

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair

2-Day Poem Contest

2019 Peach Gold in Poetry submission deadline

Main Library Poetry Circle: Refugee Poetry

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair

2-Day Poem Contest

Narrative Poetry Workshop (online)

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie National Finals

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie – La grande finale

The League of Canadian Poets award shortlists announced

Rachael Simpson + Rachel McCrum at Tree Reading Series

The Universe in Verse

Wallace, Glickman and Marchand-Lafortune at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie National Finals

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie – La grande finale

Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipient for 2019 announced

Summer Writers Retreat 2019 application deadline

Midweek Poems with Open Book

MoonVerse: A Spoken Word and Poetry Series

Concordance: An Evening with Susan Howe

Poetry Workshops hosted by Vannessa Barnier of Legible Intelligibles

Sony Centre Poetry Slam with Toronto Poetry Project

Academy of American Poets presents the 17th annual Poetry and the Creative Mind

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie National Finals

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie – La grande finale

Text / Sound / Performance – Making in Canadian Space

The 36th Annual Tucson Poetry Festival

Tentacular Thinking & Writing: A Poetry Workshop

Five Authors – Five New Books

Parkland Poets Reading Series

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie National Finals

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie – La grande finale

Text / Sound / Performance – Making in Canadian Space

The 36th Annual Tucson Poetry Festival

LitFest New West

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

Text / Sound / Performance – Making in Canadian Space

The 36th Annual Tucson Poetry Festival

LitFest New West

#todayspoem

Sierra Poetry Festival

Let’s Go Deeper: Ways to Access Truth in Poetry

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

The 36th Annual Tucson Poetry Festival

StillPoint Writing Workshop

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

#todayspoem

StillPoint Writing Workshop

Poetry Workshops hosted by Vannessa Barnier of Legible Intelligibles

Common Readings – The April Edition

#twitterpoetryclub

Canadian Lines at Poetry Ireland

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National Poetry Month

O, Miami Poetry Festival

National Poetry Month.ca

Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

Sequestrum Editor’s Reprint Award Poetry submission deadline

Vallum Chapbook Award 2019 submission deadline

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie VOICES Poetry Journal submission deadline

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

Canadian Notes & Queries Call for Submissions – Writing in An Age of Unravelling

Shab-e She’r Poetry Month Celebration

May Class: Poems of the City

Wang, Bandukwala and Yang at the Art Bar Poetry Series

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Writer’s Digest April Poem-A-Day (PAD) Challenge

2019 Noemi Press Book Awards for Poetry and Prose submission deadline

Midweek Poems with Open Book

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The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

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The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

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The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

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