See also 2015 Shortlist.
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|Book: Pilgrim’s Flower
Poet: Rachael Boast
Book: Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire
Poet: Brenda Hillman
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Poet: Carl Phillips
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Translator: Mira Rosenthal
Poet: Tomasz Rózycki
Publisher: Zephyr Press
Book: Red Doc>
Poet: Anne Carson
Publisher: Jonathan Cape, McClelland & Stewart
Poet: Sue Goyette
Publisher: Gaspereau Press
Poet: Anne Michaels
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Griffin Poetry Prize 2014 Anthology
|The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2014
Edited by Robert Bringhurst
House of Anansi Press
Royalties from The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology will be donated to UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, created to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression, and to offer endangered languages the opportunities to be heard in their communities.
Griffin Poetry Prize 2014 Photo Gallery
Karen Solie, Scott Griffinhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0012.jpg
Scott Griffin greets newly minted Griffin trustee Karen Solie.
Mira Rosenthal, Greg Domberhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0029.jpg
Mira Rosenthal, shortlisted for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize for her translation of Tomasz Rózycki's Colonies, raises a toast to the occasion with her husband, history professor Gregory Domber.
Robert Bringhurst, Carolyn Forché, Dorota Rózycka, Tomasz Rózyckihttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0038.jpg
2014 Griffin Poetry Prize judge Robert Bringhurst and Griffin trustee Carolyn Forché warmly welcome Dorota Rózycka and Tomasz Rózycki to the pre-readings festivities.
David, Julie and Rachael Boast, Karen Birminghamhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0041.jpg
Shortlisted poet Rachael Boast and her family are thrilled to be taking part in the Griffin Poetry Prize celebrations.
Sue Goyette, Peter Munrohttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0044.jpg
Peter Munro is confident Sue Goyette is going to wow the readings audience with selections from her shortlisted collection "Ocean".
Colm Toibin, Scott Griffinhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0050.jpg
How delighted is Colm Tóibín to be joining the Griffin trustees?
Ellen Dore Watson, Jose de Freitas, Krystyne Griffin, Adelia Pradohttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0053.jpg
Krystyne Griffin is very pleased to welcome translator Ellen Doré Watson and poet Adélia Prado, accompanied by her husband José de Freitas and their daughter.
Carl Phillips, Anne Michaelshttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0055.jpg
Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets Carl Phillips (for Silverchest) and Anne Michaels (for Correspondences) quietly compare notes before the readings commence.
Robert Currie, Anne Carsonhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0067.jpg
Robert Currie and Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Anne Carson (for "Red Doc>") arrive and immediately light up even more an already lively pre-readings gathering.") arrive and immediately light up even more an already lively pre-readings gathering.">
Anne Michaels, Brenda Hillman, Krystyne Griffinhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0101.jpg
Discussing poetry casts a splendid glow over those discussing it, as Anne Michaels, Brenda Hillman and Krystyne Griffin will attest.
Poetry fans gather excitedly at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory, venue for the 2014 readingshttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0241.jpg
Koerner Hall is a uniquely conducive setting for the reading of poetry. Tickets for the annual Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings here have become much treasured.
Poetry audience at Koerner Hallhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0139.jpg
Is there anything lovelier than a concert venue packed to the rafters with avid poetry enthusiasts?
2014 Griffin Poetry Prize Jo Shapcott introduces the first of a series of stunning poetry readings from the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.
Rachael Boast offers an entrancing reading from her 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection, Pilgrim's Flower.
Griffin Poetry Prize judges C.D. Wright - who worked with fellow judges Jo Shapcott and Robert Bringhurst to read 542 submitted books in 2014 - helps to introduce the Griffin Poetry Prize International shortlisted poets
Brenda Hillman holds everyone's attention as she reads from her 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire
2014 Griffin Poetry Prize Robert Bringhurst introduces Carl Phillips, with copious praise for his collection Silverchest.
As he reads, the audience hangs on every poetic word from Carl Phillips.
Tomasz Rózycki, Mira Rosenthalhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0306.jpg
Poet Tomasz Rózycki and translator Mira Rosenthal read from shortlisted Colonies.
Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory, venue for the 2014 readingshttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0246.jpg
With the signature banners overhead paying tribute to the poets and their works, Scott Griffin warmly welcomes everyone to an evening of readings at breathtaking Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Poetry books for salehttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0180.jpg
The bookseller tables are a very popular destination during the readings intermission.
Adélia Prado receives The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s Lifetime Recognition Awardhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings-0355.jpg
Brazilian poet Adélia Prado (right) celebrates with her translator Ellen Doré Watson upon receiving The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s Lifetime Recognition Award.
In addition to an excerpt from her shortlisted work Red Doc>, Anne Carson calls for some audience participation for a handful of short talks.
Canadian poet Sue Goyette charms the crowd with an engaging reading from her shortlisted collection "Ocean".
Anne Michael mesmerizes with an moving reading from her Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Correspondences.
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Scott Griffin offers his congratulations to the assembled 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize judges, shortlisted poets and Lifetime Recognition recipient. Front row (left to right) - Rachael Boast, Sue Goyette, Anne Carson, Brenda Hillman, Anne Michaels Back row (left to right) - Adelia Prado, Ellen Watson, Scott Griffin, Carl Phillips, Robert Bringhurst, Mira Rosenthal, Tomasz Rozycki, Jo Shapcott, C.D. Wright
Poetry fans are excited to meet the shortlisted poets at the book signing tables after the readings.
Mira Rosenthal, Tomasz Rozyckihttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/readings0197.jpg
Shortlisted poets are excited to meet poetry fans at the book signing tables after the readings.
Griffin Poetry Prize awards evening at the Stone Distilleryhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0609.jpg
The Stone Distillery was transformed into a spring glade for Griffin Poetry Prize celebrants.
Krystyne and Scott Griffinhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards-0803.jpg
Krystyne and Scott Griffin delight in welcoming all Griffin Poetry Prize awards evening guests.
Sue Goyette, Peter Munrohttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0612.jpg
2014 shortlisted poet Sue Goyette and Peter Munro venture with delight into the beautiful haven that is the Griffin Poetry Prize awards celebration.
Krystyne Griffin, Patrick Crean, Susan Swanhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0666.jpg
Krystyne never tires of ushering in such lovely guests as publisher Patrick Crean and writer Susan Swan.
Krystyne Griffin, Carl Phillipshttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0617.jpg
Who is more pleased to meet again - Krystyne Griffin or 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Carl Phillips?
Krystyne Griffin, Dorota Rozycka, Tomasz Rozyckihttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0633.jpg
Krystyne Griffin is thrilled that Dorota Rozycka and her partner, 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Tomasz Rozycki, have been able to come from Poland to join the festivities.
Karen Birmingham, Rachael Boast + parentshttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0635.jpg
Not only is Rachael Boast excited to be on the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist, but she's over the moon about sharing the experience with her parents and her friend Karen Birmingham.
Krystyne Griffin, Dennis Lee, Susan Perlyhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0640.jpg
Krystyne knows that the best poetry parties include inaugural Toronto poet laureate and inaugural Griffin Poetry Prize judge Dennis Lee and author Susan Perly.
Roo Borson, Kim Maltman, Martha Butterfieldhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0659.jpg
Griffin Poetry Prize winner Roo Borson, her fellow poet Kim Maltman and arts supporter Martha Butterfield get thoroughly caught up on the latest in literary news.
Anne Michaels, Sam Soleckihttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0664.jpg
2014 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Anne Michaels and editor and professor Sam Solecki love the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Griffin celebration.
Adelia Prado, Jose de Freitashttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0670.jpg
Griffin Lifetime Recognition award recipient Adelia Prado and her husband Jose de Freitas are the center of a swirl of admiring attention.
Mira Rosenthal, Gregory Domberhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0679.jpg
Mira Rosenthal, shortlisted for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize for her translation of Tomasz Rózycki's Colonies, and her husband, history professor Gregory Domber, continue to bask in the glow of the continuous Griffin celebration.
Catherine West, Ian Burghamhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0701.jpg
Educators and authors Catherine West and Ian Burgham cheerfully disagree about who they think will win the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Robert Priest, Marsha Kirznerhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0703.jpg
The warmth and brilliance of the Griffin Poetry Prize gala space is increased appreciably by the smiles of writers Robert Priest and Marsha Kirzner.
Doug Knight, Shelley Ambrosehttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0710.jpg
St. Joseph Media president Doug Knight and Walrus Magazine publisher Shelley Ambrose always arrive fully versed in all of the poetry.
Jack Rabinovitch, Judy Clarke, Anna Porter, Julian Porterhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0728.jpg
Unfailing friends of poetry are Giller Prize founder Jack Rabinovitch, Judy Clarke, and Anna and Julian Porter.
Nicola Makoway, Lynn Henry, Kristin Cochranehttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0734.jpg
The Random House of Canada team of Nicola Makoway, Lynn Henry and Kristin Cochrane are excited to be part of the sparkling Griffin Poetry Prize occasion.
Ellen Seligman, Colm Toibin, Robert Currie, Anne Carsonhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards7150.jpg
How's this for an all-star lineup? Ellen Seligman, Colm Tóibín and Robert Currie are clearly here to cheer on 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Anne Carson.
Daniel Smith, Ashley Smithhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards7254.jpg
Daniel and Ashley Smith always delight in basking in the special poetic glow of another one-of-a-kind Griffin Poetry Prize event.
Krystyne Griffin, Karen Soliehttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0762.jpg
Krystyne Griffin greets 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize winner and newly minted Griffin trustee Karen Solie.
Ruth Smith, manager of the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry, brings an inestimable balance of art and science to the success of all Griffin Poetry Prize undertakings.
All poetry revellers are guaranteed an unforgettable time at the Griffin Poetry Prize awards evening.
Karen Solie, James Langerhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0767.jpg
Poets Karen Solie and James Langer are most decidedly in their element.
Henceforth, CBC broadcaster and author Tom Allen and his daughter Melissa only want to attend parties with poets.
Ben McNally, Charles Foran, Lynn Thomsonhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0819.jpg
Ben McNally, Charles Foran and Lynn Thomson are faithful attendees and supporters of the Griffin Poetry Prize events.
Kristin Cochrane, Anne Carsonhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0834.jpg
Kristin Cochrane of Random House Canada is delighted to chat with 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poet Anne Carson before the awards ceremony commences.
Adrienne Clarkson, Colm Toibinhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0843.jpg
Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson congratulates writer Colm Tóibín on his appointment as a Griffin trustee.
Aisha Sasha Johnhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0847.jpg
Dance improviser and poet Aisha Sasha John delightedly surveys the scene at the Griffin Poetry Prize awards soiree.
Mark Medley, Barbara Howson, Carolyn Woodhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0849.jpg
The smiles of Mark Medley of the Globe and Mail, Barbara Howson of House of Anansi Press and Carolyn Wood of the Association of Canadian Publishers indicate they're up to some kind of literary mischief.
... but that literary mischief is at least temporarily suspended when Scott Griffin steps to the podium to get the awards and related proceedings under way.
No one drew a breath during Poetry In Voice 2013 champion Khalil Mair's stunning recitation of “Wolf Lake” by Elizabeth Bachinsky.
Adelia Prado, Ellen Dore Watsonhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards1110.jpg
Brazilian poet Adélia Prado, newest recipient of The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s Lifetime Recognition Award, and her translator Ellen Doré Watson entranced the crowd with provocative selections from Prado's work in Portuguese and English.
Adélia Prado was gracious and aglow in the spotlight.
2004 Griffin Poetry Prize winner August Kleinzahler returned to deliver another signature keynote speech.
Anne Carson, Scott Griffin, Brenda Hillmanhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards0930.jpg
Scott Griffin presents the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize winners, Anne Carson (Canadian) for Red Doc> and Brenda Hillman (International) for Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire.
Robert Bringhurst, Colm Toibin, Carolyn Forche, C.D. Wrighthttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards7111.jpg
Griffin Poetry Prize judge Robert Bringhurst, Griffin trustees Colm Toibin and Carolyn Forche, and Griffin Poetry Prize judge and winner C.D. Wright reflect with delight on another grand celebration of poetry.
Carolyn Wood, Bianca Spencehttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards7194.jpg
With the winners announced, Griffin Poetry Prize celebrants including Carolyn Wood of the Association of Canadian Publishers (left) and Bianca Spence of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (right) rush to raise toasts, compare notes and tweet their approval.
Griffin Poetry Prize awards evening dance floorhttp://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/wp-content/uploads/awards7402.jpg
Griffin Poetry Prize celebrants most poetically kick up their heels!
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See also 2013 Shortlist.