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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The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces Prize Award Increase from $100,000 to $200,000 and the 2010 International and Canadian Shortlist

TORONTO – April 6, 2010 – Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry today announced that the annual Griffin Poetry Prize will be doubled from $100,000 to $200,000 in recognition of the prize’s tenth anniversary. The increased amount of $100,000 will be awarded as follows: $10,000 to each of the seven shortlisted poets – four international and three Canadian – for their participation in the shortlist readings. The winners, announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards evening on Thursday, June 3, 2010, will be awarded $65,000 each, for a total of $75,000 that includes the $10,000 awarded at the Readings the previous evening.

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The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2009 Canadian and International Shortlist

TORONTO – April 7, 2009 – Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry and David Young, trustee, today announced the Canadian and International shortlist for this year’s prize. The C$100,000 Griffin Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative poetry prizes in the world, exemplifying the international spirit of the form. The prize is awarded annually for the two best books of poetry, including translations, published in English in the previous year.

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John Ashbery’s Notes From the Air: Selected Later Poems and Robin Blaser’s The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser Win the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize

TORONTO – June 4, 2008John Ashbery’s Notes From the Air: Selected Later Poems and Robin Blaser’s The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser are the International and Canadian winners of the eighth annual Griffin Poetry Prize. The C$100,000 Griffin Poetry Prize, the richest poetry prize in the world for a single volume of poetry, is divided between the two winners. The prize is for first edition books of poetry published in 2007, and submitted from anywhere in the world.

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