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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
December 8, 2019


by Jordan Abel

Words often travel a long way to be on the page before you, assembled as they are. Let's contemplate again how the poems of Jordan Abel's 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection Injun came to be, and appreciate again the power accrued in their journey to the page.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
December 1, 2019

from CHAPTER E, for René Crevel

by Christian Bök

Let's marvel again at what Christian Bök achieves by applying rigorous restrictions to his work as he creates poetry.

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

from Verso 1.1.01

by Dionne Brand

In the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted work The Blue Clerk, Dionne Brand examines in detail the act of writing through an extended and fascinating conversation between a poet (the author) and a clerk. As they share and dissect myriad observations, what do we as readers glean?

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

The poets reflect on their craft

by Di Brandt

With surprising poetic sleight of hand, Di Brandt builds several layers of sardonic wit and irony using outmoded expressions and clichés in "The poets reflect on their craft", a poem from her 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Now You Care. Let's explore to what end she applies them.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
November 10, 2019

The Scarecrow Wears a Wire

by Paul Farley

"His work engages with the commonplace and the overlooked ..." is just part of why the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize judges were drawn to Paul Farley's poetry collection Tramp in Flames. What they go on to observe about Farley's work is what made the poem "The Scarecrow Wears a Wire" singular then ... and perhaps even more so now, several years later.


The 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings

The readings happened June 5, 2019 at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
Enjoy the readings livestream again here and enjoy the individual readings here.

Sarah Tolmie

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.


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.

International Poetry Calendar

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2019 Minola Review Poetry and Fiction Contests – submission deadline

C.D. Wright’s One with Others: A Poetry Workshop with Hoa Nguyen

Priscila Uppal Memorial Award for Poetry submission deadline

A Toronto Gathering for Nelson Ball

Writers’ Trust Mentorship application deadline

The Fiddlehead’s Poetry Contest submission deadline


Brick 104 Launch Party

Canada Water Library Creative Writing Group

Abbe, Hausner and Landry at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Workshop with Ronna Bloom: Leap Before You Look

Reel Time: On Black Mountain + the Poets’ Theatre

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie Junior Competition Online Finals submissions close

Writing Lives: Creative, Critical and Bodily Activisms, Rituals of Mourning

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

Dean Young reads at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

Die Bard!

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

Poets Anonymous

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

Trowbridge Stanza

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival


League of Canadian Poets 2020 Book Award submission deadline

Citadel Q&A with Jim Johnstone


The Merwin Conservancy presents Robert Hass and Forrest Gander



Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXX

Jean Van Loon + Sarah Feldman at Tree Reading Series

Dead Poets Night at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Lunch Poems at SFU



Trillium Book Award submission deadline

Loud Poets: Bah Humbug!




2020 Griffin Poetry Prize deadline (2 of 2) for entries

The Moth Poetry Prize submission deadline

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