The following are highlights of the latest media coverage of the Griffin Poetry Prize and its principals.
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May 9, 2014
Scott Griffin brings poetry back into the mainstream of cultural life
by Marsha Lederman
“It seemed to me that poetry had really slipped out of the mainstream of our cultural lives. It was no longer taught in the schools. Most people didn’t read it. And certainly nobody recited it. So it was just sort of slipping away and that was particularly true in Canada, it seemed to me. Because in the states, there’s still great interest in poetry. And, of course, in Europe, particularly Eastern Europe. So the idea was to try and reintroduce poetry back into Canadian culture. That’s a tough job, but we’re making some headway, I think.”
April 8, 2014
Anne Carson, Anne Michaels highlight Griffin Prize Shortlist
by David Berry
Anne Carson won the inaugural Griffin Poetry Prize in 2001 and now, 13 years later, she has a chance at the latest. Her acclaimed longform poem Red Doc> has been named to the Canadian shortlist of the 2014 Griffin Prize, the world’s richest for a first edition of English poetry. A sequel to her celebrated work Autobiography of Red, it was praised as far more than a follow-up by the jury: “What is taken up again, more significantly than an update of Autobiography, is a daunting writer having her particular way with the language.”
April 8, 2014
Carson, Michaels, Goyette among Griffin nominees
by Julie Baldassi
The Griffin Poetry Prize finalists were announced today, revealing a strong all-female Canadian shortlist that includes two McClelland & Stewart authors and a third from Nova Scotia’s Gaspereau Press. Poet Jeramy Dodds, a finalist for the prize in 2009, presented the Canadian and international shortlists alongside prize founder Scott Griffin at a press conference in Toronto.
Griffin himself says he is pleased with the shortlist. “Particularly on the Canadian side, the finalists are very strong this year,” he says. “The presentation of these books is beautifully done, too.”
April 8, 2014
Griffin Poetry Prize shortlists Anne Carson, Anne Michaels
Prominent Canadian poets Anne Carson and Anne Michaels are vying for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize.
Noted Toronto-born poet Carson is one of three nominees in the Canadian category for Red Doc. The long-form poem has won her widespread praise and, earlier this year, earned her a nomination for the inaugural Folio lit prize. Carson also won the first ever Griffin Prize (in the Canadian category), awarded in 2001.
Fellow Toronto writer Michaels, known both for her internationally bestselling novel Fugitive Pieces and award-winning poetry, is nominated for her latest collection, Correspondences.
Celebrated Halifax poet, novelist and writing professor Sue Goyette rounds out the Canadian list. She is shortlisted for Ocean.
See also 2013 press coverage.