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.

The seven finalists – three Canadian and four International – will be invited to read in Toronto at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. The seven finalists will be awarded $10,000 for their participation in the shortlist readings.

The winners, announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards evening on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, will be awarded $65,000 each.

Each year, the Griffin Poetry Prize publishes an anthology, a selection of poems from the shortlisted books, published by House of Anansi Press. Royalties from The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology are donated to UNESCO’s World Poetry Day.

Tickets for the Readings to be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto are available at http://performance.rcmusic.ca or by calling 416 408 0208.

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Note: The publishers mentioned in our release are those who submitted the books.

Note to booksellers: Griffin Poetry Prize posters and stickers are supplied free of charge by The Griffin Trust. Contact info@griffinpoetryprize.com to inquire about ordering these items. Winner stickers will be available after June 1, 2011.

Please direct other inquiries as follows:

Media Contacts:

June Dickenson
Telephone: (647) 477-6000
press@griffinpoetryprize.com

General Inquiries:

Ruth Smith, Manager
Telephone: (905) 618-0420
info@griffinpoetryprize.com

Shortlisted Publishers’ Web sites:

Arc Publications
www.arcpublications.co.uk

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
www.fsgbooks.com

House of Anansi Press
www.anansi.ca

McClelland & Stewart
www.mcclelland.com/poetry

Yale University Press
www.yalebooks.com

 

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