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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
October 20, 2019

Passing and Violence

by Natalie Shapero

Not only have we learned and felt much through Natalie Shapero's direct words in selections (such as this poem and this poem) from her 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Hard Child, but we can also learn and feel through what she withholds in a piece.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
October 13, 2019

from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Border Dog (Not Collie)

by Michael Hofmann, translated from the German written by Durs Grünbein

Michael Hofmann translates and brings alive anew many vivid phrases, images and sensations in this excerpt from German poet Durs Grunbein's poem "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Border Dog (Not Collie)". Would it be fair to assume that the intense cumulative effect of this poem accurately reflects the sentiments Grunbein strove to convey in the original, which is possibly inspired by his early upbringing in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall? Let's revisit this poem and consider this question again.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
October 6, 2019

sister from the future

by Leslie Greentree

Isn't it interesting when a poem provokes an unrelated thought that ends up being kind of related after all? Follow along with your humble Poem of the Week taker of notes and see how that happened with "sister from the future" from Leslie Greentree's 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection go-go dancing for Elvis.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
September 29, 2019

All I Did For Him

by Gerald Stern

Who is in for the bigger surprise in Gerald Stern's "All I Did For Him": the poem's narrator or the poem's readers? Let's take a closer look at this selection from Stern's 2003 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection American Sonnets: Poems.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
September 22, 2019

My mother was a white sheet drying on the line

by Eve Joseph

Let's explore the intriguing emotional effects of another of the softly surreal prose poems from the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize winning poetry collection Quarrels by Eve Joseph.

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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.

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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.

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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.



International Poetry Calendar

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Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Wild Words North 2019

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

StillPoint Writing Workshop

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program application deadline

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence submission deadline

Time Lived Without Its Flow: Denise Riley, Max Porter, Emily Berry

Interactive Poetry Library in Poetry Tram

6th Annual Fred Cogswell Award For Excellence in Poetry submission deadline

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie VOICES/VOIX Poetry Journal submission period opens

2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Contest submission deadline

Canada Water Library Creative Writing Group

Barwin, Moritz and Gibson at the Art Bar Poetry Series

AfterWords Literary Festival

Victoria Festival of Authors

AfterWords Literary Festival

Victoria Festival of Authors

National Poetry Day (UK)

StillPoint Writing Workshop

Writing About Illness and Disability workshop with Jacob Scheier

2019 Lampman Award Shortlist Reading

AfterWords Literary Festival

Victoria Festival of Authors

The Callum MacDonald Award 2019 submission deadline

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Coach House Fall Poetry Reading at Knife Fork Book

Poets Anonymous

AfterWords Literary Festival

Victoria Festival of Authors

Cheltenham Literature Festival

University of New Brunswick (UNB) Annual Poetry Weekend

Meet Your Literary Community

Trowbridge Stanza

AfterWords Literary Festival

Victoria Festival of Authors

Cheltenham Literature Festival

University of New Brunswick (UNB) Annual Poetry Weekend

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

Plan 99 20th Anniversary Readings and Vernissage for “Fixative”

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Oral History Initiative: Reading + Conversation with Bernadette Mayer

#twitterpoetryclub

Gail Scott’s Heroine Launch with Zoe Whittall and Liz Howard

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Charlie Petch and team at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Kirby, MacAskill and Verboom Poetry Night

Cheltenham Literature Festival

New Zealand Poetry Society quarterly magazine submission deadline

Writing About Illness and Disability workshop with Jacob Scheier

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Word is Wild Literary Festival III

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

TORCH-St Edmund Hall Writer in Residence 2020 application deadline

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

#todayspoem

The Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize submission deadline

Sequestrum New Writer Awards: Poetry submission deadline

Haines, Pirani and Richardson at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

Lunch Poems at SFU

A Provocation: Joyelle McSweeney, Urayoán Noel + Ronaldo V. Wilson

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

Writers Read Concordia presents Doireann Ní Ghríofa and LeAnne Howe

Writing About Illness and Disability workshop with Jacob Scheier

League of Canadian Poets Nova Scotia Members’ Reading

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

Writers Read Concordia presents Doireann Ní Ghríofa and LeAnne Howe

The Al Purdy A-Frame Residency application deadline

Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

Wade in the Water – Poetry as an Invitation to Speak Together Differently

d/Deaf Republic: Poets on d/Deafness

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

Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition submission deadline

Vancouver Writers Fest

Vocarium Reading Series: Anne Boyer + Tongo Eisen-Martin

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Vancouver Writers Fest

Chatterjee, Banks and Ortega at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Mary Lee Bragg + Nicole Raziya Fong at Tree Reading Series

Vancouver Writers Fest

Nicole Brossard reads at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Vancouver Writers Fest

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Writers Read Concordia presents David Chariandy and Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Writing About Illness and Disability workshop with Jacob Scheier

Vancouver Writers Fest

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Sheridan College Writer-in-Residence application deadline

Kathyrn Mockler: A Reading and Workshop on Poetry and Climate Change Activism

Vancouver Writers Fest

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Plan 99 Poetry

Vancouver Writers Fest

Toronto International Festival of Authors

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

Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence position (Hamilton, Ontario) application deadline

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXVIII

Celebration of the Poetry of Billy-Ray Belcourt

Fahner, Byenkya and Langevin at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Toronto International Festival of Authors

#todayspoem

Toronto International Festival of Authors

National Poetry Competition submission deadline

Writing About Illness and Disability workshop with Jacob Scheier

Toronto International Festival of Authors

The Young Buck Poetry Prize submission deadline

The Malahat Review Open Season Awards submission deadline

Words Aloud Festival

Words – The Literary and Creative Arts Festival

Poets Anonymous

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Words Aloud Festival

Words – The Literary and Creative Arts Festival

Poetry inPrint Residency Exhibition

Trowbridge Stanza

Toronto Lit Up Launch of Launches

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