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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
July 26, 2021

Black Hair

Tracy K. Smith and Changtai Bi translated from the Chinese by Yi Lei

Our Poem of the Week continues to celebrate the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets. This week’s poem, “Black Hair,” is from the shortlisted collection, My Name Will Grow Wide Like a Tree by Tracy K. Smith and Changtai Bi translated from the Chinese written by Yi Lei—a collection that “gathers poems of eros and grief, each page bursting with attentiveness to our world.” (Judges' citation)

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
July 19, 2021

Last of the Monkey Gods

Yusef Komunyakaa

This week, we celebrate our 2021 Lifetime Recognition Award Recipient, Yusef Komunyakaa with “Last of the Monkey Gods,” a poem from his 2012 Griffin-shortlisted collection, The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
July 12, 2021

Joliette

Yusuf Saadi

Our Poem of the Week continues to celebrate the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets. This week’s poem, “Joliette,” is from Canadian finalist Yusuf Saadi’s shortlisted collection Pluviophile (Nightwood Editions).

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
July 5, 2021

The Sturgeon’s Lover

Joseph Dandurand

Our Poem of the Week continues to celebrate the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets. This week’s poem, The Sturgeon’s Lover, is from Canadian finalist Joseph Dandurand’s shortlisted collection The East Side of It All (Nightwood Editions). Inspired by his fishing experience on the Fraser River, Dandurand writes of a sturgeon who feeds on the dead and falls in love with a man.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
June 28, 2021

Oxygen (from Obit)

Victoria Chang

This week’s poem is from Victoria Chang’s shortlisted collection Obit. “In this book ‘grief takes many / forms, as tears or pinwheels...’, ‘dying lasts forever / until it stops’ and ‘our sadness is plural, but grief is / singular,’” the judges say. Listen to Victoria Chang read the poem of the week in a beautifully illustrated excerpt from the Griffin Poetry Prize Winners Announcement Film here.

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The 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize

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2021 Shortlist

The books and poets of the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Learn more here about the poetry collections, poets, translators and publishers recognized on the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist.

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Initiatives

Learn about Griffin Trust initiatives

Learn more here about other initiatives championed by The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry, including Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie, tributes, participation in literary festivals, donations and more.

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Lifetime Recognition

Get to know the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award recipients

Learn more about the distinguished recipients of the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award, representing poetry from around the world.

 


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2022 Griffin Poetry Prize deadline (1 of 2) for entries

Deadline to Apply for Banff Centre’s Summer Writers Session Online

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Deadline to apply for BIPOC Writers Connect conference

Jordan Abel delivers Robert Kroetsch Keynote

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Sage Hill Writing Experience – Summer Poetry Course (online) with Jordan Abel

Half-day Writing Workshops at Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival

Half-day Writing Workshops at Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival

Looking at the Line – poetry writing class

Victoria Chang reads at Women Speak

Half-day Writing Workshops at Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival

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Jane Munro and Ian Williams: Poets Corner Reading Series

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The VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award submission period

The VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award submission period

The VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award submission period

The VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award submission period

The VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award submission period

Apply for Horizons Writers Circle

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