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.

The seven finalists – four International and three Canadian – 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 Wednesday, June 6th. The seven finalists will each be awarded $10,000 for their participation in the Shortlist Readings.

The winners, announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards evening on Thursday, June 7th, will each be awarded $65,000.

Each year, The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry presents an anthology of poems selected 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. Copies of submitted poetry books will be donated to the Slave Lake Public Library, Slave Lake, Alberta.

Tickets for the Shortlist Readings to be held on Wednesday, June 6th, 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 7th.

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:

BookThug
www.bookthug.ca

Faber and Faber
www.faber.co.uk

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
www.fsgbooks.com

Gaspereau Press
www.gaspereau.com

House of Anansi Press
www.anansi.ca

W.W. Norton & Company
www.wwnorton.com

Picador
www.picador.com

 

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