TORONTO – April 10, 2018 – Scott Griffin, on behalf of the trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry, is pleased to announce the International and Canadian shortlist for this year’s prize. Judges Sarah Howe (UK), Ben Lerner (USA), and Ian Williams (Canada) each read 542 books of poetry, from 33 countries, including 17 translations.
The authors of the seven shortlisted books —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 6 at 7.30 p.m.
The finalists will each be awarded $10,000 for their participation in the Shortlist Readings.
The two winners, to be announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards on Thursday, June 7, will each be awarded $65,000.
Heaven is All Goodbyes • Tongo Eisen-Martin
Debths • Susan Howe
Whereas • Layli Long Soldier
Hard Child • Natalie Shapero
Copper Canyon Press
This Wound is a World • Billy-Ray Belcourt
I have to live. • Aisha Sasha John
McClelland & Stewart
Same Diff • Donato Mancini
Tickets for the Shortlist Readings to be held on Wednesday, June 6, at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto are available at https://www.rcmusic.com/events-and-performances/griffin-poetry-prize-readings, or by calling (416) 408-0208.
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. The 2018 Anthology can be purchased at https://houseofanansi.com/products/the-2018-griffin-poetry-prize-anthology.
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 7.
Please direct other inquiries as follows:
Telephone: (647) 389-9510
Ruth Smith, Executive Director
Telephone: (905) 618-0420
Shortlisted Publishers’ Web sites:
Copper Canyon Press:
McClelland & Stewart: