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Charles Wright’s Scar Tissue and Don McKay’s Strike/Slip Win the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize

TORONTO – June 6, 2007Charles Wright’s Scar Tissue and Don McKay’s Strike/Slip are the International and Canadian winners of the seventh 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 2006, and submitted from anywhere in the world.

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The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2007 Canadian and International Shortlist

TORONTO – April 3, 2007 – 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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Judges Announced for the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize

Toronto, ON – November 15, 2006 – Griffin Poetry Prize trustees have selected John Burnside (Scotland), Charles Simic (USA), and Karen Solie (Canada) to be the judges for the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize. Their individual and collective experience underlines the Griffin Trust’s stature as a major international poetry prize.

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Kamau Brathwaite’s Born to Slow Horses and Sylvia Legris’ Nerve Squall Win the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize

TORONTO – June 1, 2006 – Kamau Brathwaite and Sylvia Legris are the International and Canadian winners of the 6th annual Griffin Poetry Prize. The C$100,000 Griffin Poetry Prize, the richest 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, including translations, published in English in 2005, and submitted from anywhere in the world.

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The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2006 Canadian and International Shortlist

An Unprecedented 441 Eligible Books Submitted

TORONTO – April 5, 2006 – 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 the most lucrative prize to accept books of poetry from any country 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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Griffin Poetry Prize Announces Judges for 2006

TORONTO, September 21, 2005 – Griffin Poetry Prize Trustees have selected a set of judges for 2006 that reflects the Griffin Trust’s stature as a major international poetry prize.

All three judges – Lavinia Greenlaw (UK), Lisa Robertson (Canada) and Eliot Weinberger (USA) – have experience and qualifications that reach far beyond their countries of origin.

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Roo Borson’s Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida and Charles Simic’s Selected Poems: 1963-2003 Win the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize

TORONTO – June 2, 2005Roo Borson’s Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida and Charles Simic’s Selected Poems 1963-2003 are the Canadian and International winners of the fifth 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 2004.

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Borderless: A Reading by Canadian Poets

Poets House, Spring Street, New York City

New York City – April 19, 2005 – Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry – the largest poetry prize in the world – will be speaking at a landmark New York City poetry event on the evening of Tuesday April 19th titled Borderless: A Reading By Canadian Poets. Poets House, a poetry and literary centre, was created in 1985 to provide a meeting place for both writers and lovers of poetry as well as a space for its impressive collection of 40,000 volumes. The Readings are part of the multi-event, New York launch of Open Field, edited by Sina Queyras with a preface by Molly Peacock – a brilliant new anthology of Canadian contemporary poetry. Five of the poets included in the anthology – Ken Babstock, Christian Bök (author of Eunoia which won the Canadian category Griffin Poetry Prize in 2002), Sue Goyette, Erin Moure (one of the three judges of the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize) and Karen Solie will participate in this Poets House reading.

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The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2005 Canadian and International Shortlist

Griffin Poetry Prize Award increased to C$100,000
Two winning poets to accompany the Griffin Poetry Prize team to Ireland to appear at the Dublin Writers Festival

TORONTO, April 6, 2005 – The Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist for 2005 was announced today by Scott Griffin, and David Young, Trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry. The C$100,000 Griffin Poetry Prize (increased this year from C$80,000) is the most lucrative prize to accept books of poetry from any country in the world – exemplifying the international spirit of poetry. The prize is awarded annually for the two best books of poetry (including translations) published in English the previous year.

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The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry Receives Record Number of Submissions for 2005 Prize

TORONTO – January 19, 2005 – The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry today announced that all submissions for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize have been received.

This year 431 entries were submitted by publishers before the deadline of midnight, December 31, 2004 to compete for the two annual literary prizes together worth C$80,000 for collections of poetry published in English (including translations) during the preceding year.

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