Initiatives

Scott Griffin has known and appreciated the importance of poetry from an early age, and that strongly informed the inception and continued growth of the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry.

In addition to the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Griffin Trust initiates and supports projects and ventures consistent with the mandate of the Prize to further promote appreciation of Canadian and international poetry. These initiatives include:

  • International literary festivals – Griffin trustees and Griffin Poetry Prize nominated and winning poets regularly attend, read at and join discussions and panels at notable literary festivals worldwide. Read accounts from the Griffin poets here.

  • Poetry book donations – The Griffin Trust has donated copies of poetry books submitted for the Griffin Poetry Prize to the Correctional Service of Canada. Learn more here.

  • Special tributes – The Griffin Trust lent its support to the commissioning of a tribute to one of Canada’s most beloved poets, the late Al Purdy. A statue honouring Purdy was unveiled in Queen’s Park in Toronto in the spring of 2008.

  • Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie – The Griffin Trust has founded a national bilingual poetry recitation contest combining the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theatre, with the study of great literature in the high school classroom. Learn more here.

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