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The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry Presents Seamus Heaney With Its Seventh Lifetime Recognition Award

TORONTO – June 6, 2012 – Seamus Heaney, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature ‘for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth’, was honoured with The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry’s 2012 Lifetime Recognition Award at this evening’s Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings event. Trustee Robin Robertson paid tribute to Seamus Heaney and presented him with his award. The announcement was met with great enthusiasm and applause from the house.

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The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2012 International and Canadian Shortlist

TORONTO – April 10, 2012 – Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry and David Young, trustee, announced the International and Canadian shortlist for this year’s prize. Judges Heather McHugh (USA), David O’Meara (Canada) and Fiona Sampson (England) each read 481 books of poetry, from 37 countries, including 19 translations.

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Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s Heavenly Questions and Dionne Brand’s Ossuaries Win the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize

TORONTO – June 1, 2011 – Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s Heavenly Questions and Dionne Brand’s Ossuaries are the International and Canadian winners of the 2011 annual Griffin Poetry Prize. They each received $65,000 CDN in prize money.

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The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2011 International and Canadian Shortlist

TORONTO – April 5, 2011 – Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry and David Young, trustee, announced the International and Canadian shortlist for this year’s prize noting that judges Tim Lilburn (Canada), Colm Toíbín (Ireland) and Chase Twichell (USA) each read 450 books of poetry, including 20 translations, from poets in 37 countries around the globe.

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Bilingual Poetry Recitation Contest Announced

Toronto, November 23, 2010 – This morning, Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, announced the launch of Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie, 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. A total of $10,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded in 2011 alone.

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