2018 Shortlist

See also 2019 Shortlist.

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Announcing the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

International Shortlist

Heaven is All Goodbyes, by Tongo Eisen-Martin Book: Heaven is All Goodbyes
Poet: Tongo Eisen-Martin
Publisher: City Lights
Debths, by Susan Howe International Winner
Book: Debths
Poet: Susan Howe
Publisher: New Directions
Whereas, by Layli Long Soldier Book: Whereas
Poet: Layli Long Soldier
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Hard Child, by Natalie Shapero Book: Hard Child
Poet: Natalie Shapero
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
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Canadian Shortlist

This Wound is a World, by Billy-Ray Belcourt Canadian Winner
Book: This Wound is a World
Poet: Billy-Ray Belcourt
Publisher: Frontenac House
I have to live, by Aisha Sasha John Book: I have to live.
Poet: Aisha Sasha John
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Same Diff, by Donato Mancini Book: Same Diff
Poet: Donato Mancini
Publisher: Talonbooks
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The Griffin Poetry Prize 2018 Anthology

Edited by Ian Williams

House of Anansi Press

Each year The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology features the work of the extraordinary poets shortlisted for the awards and introduces us to some of the finest poems in their collections.

Griffin Poetry Prize 2018 Photo Gallery

Ben Lerner
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Sarah Howe
Susan Howe
Layli Long Soldier
Ian Williams
Natalie Shapero
Ana Blandiana
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Aisha Sasha John
Donato Mancini
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
Sarah Howe, Susan Howe
Billy-Ray Belcourt, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Layli Long Soldier
Natalie Shapero, Ricky Crano
Canisia Lubrin, Aisha Sasha John, Catherine Callender
Sarah Steeves, Donato Mancini
Susan Howe
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Billy-Ray Belcourt, Scott Griffin, Susan Howe
David Chariandy, Ian Williams, Eleanor Wachtel
Ana Blandiana, Scott Griffin

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Photo credits:
Tongo Eisen-Martin, by Shalom Bower
Aisha Sasha John, by Yuula Benivolski
Donato Mancini, by Byron Dauncey

See also 2017 Shortlist.