The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2016 International and Canadian Shortlist

TORONTO – April 12, 2016 – Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry is pleased to announce the International and Canadian shortlist for this year’s prize. Judges Alice Oswald (UK), Tracy K. Smith (USA) and Adam Sol (Canada) each read 633 books of poetry, from 43 countries, including 25 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 1st at 7.30 p.m. The seven finalists will each be awarded $10,000 for their participation in the Shortlist Readings.

The winners, to be announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards on Thursday, June 2nd, 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.

Tickets for the Shortlist Readings to be held on Wednesday, June 1st, 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/event/2015-griffin-poetry-prize-shortlist-readings or by calling (416) 408-0208.

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

Note to booksellers: Griffin Poetry Prize book stickers are supplied free of charge by The Griffin Trust. Contact info@griffinpoetryprize.com to place an order. Winner book stickers will be available after June 2nd.

Please direct other inquiries as follows:

Media Inquiries:Melissa Shirley
Telephone: (647) 389-9510
publicity@griffinpoetryprize.com
General Inquiries:Ruth Smith, Executive Director
Telephone: (905) 618-0420
info@griffinpoetryprize.com

Shortlisted Publishers’ Web sites:

Brick Books:
www.brickbooks.ca

Copper Canyon Press:
www.coppercanyonpress.org

Farrar, Straus and Giroux:
www.fsgbooks.com

Faber and Faber:
www.faber.co.uk

McClelland & Stewart:
www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/imprints/mcclelland-stewart

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

Pedlar Press:
www.pedlarpress.com

 

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