TORONTO – April 11, 2017 – 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 Sue Goyette (Canada), Joan Naviyuk Kane (USA) and George Szirtes (UK) each read 617 books of poetry, from 39 countries, including 23 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 7 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 8, will each be awarded $65,000.
World of Made and Unmade • Jane Mead
Alice James Books
Falling Awake • Alice Oswald
Jonathan Cape/W.W. Norton & Company
Injun • Jordan Abel
Violet Energy Ingots • Hoa Nguyen
Silvija • Sandra Ridley
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 7, 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/2017-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 firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order. Winner book stickers will be available after June 8.
Please direct other inquiries as follows:
|Media Inquiries:Melissa Shirley
Telephone: (647) 389-9510
|General Inquiries:Ruth Smith, Executive Director
Telephone: (905) 618-0420
Shortlisted Publishers’ Web sites:
Alice James Books:
W.W. Norton & Company: