The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2014 International and Canadian Shortlist

TORONTO – April 8, 2014 – Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry and poet Jeramy Dodds, announced the International and Canadian shortlist for this year’s prize. Judges Robert Bringhurst (Canada), Jo Shapcott (UK) and C.D. Wright (USA) each read 539 books of poetry, from 40 countries, including 24 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 4th at 7:30 pm. 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 evening on Thursday, June 5th, will each be awarded $65,000.

International Shortlist

Pilgrim’s Flower • Rachael Boast

Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire • Brenda Hillman
Wesleyan University Press

Silverchest • Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Colonies • Mira Rosenthal, translated from the Polish
written by Tomasz Rozycki

Zephyr Press

Canadian Shortlist

Red Doc> • Anne Carson
Jonathan Cape and McClelland & Stewart

Ocean • Sue Goyette
Gaspereau Press

Correspondences • Anne Michaels
McClelland & Stewart

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 4th, at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto are available at or by calling (416) 408-0208.

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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 to place an order. Winner book stickers will be available after June 5th.

Please direct other inquiries as follows:

Media Inquiries:June Dickenson
Telephone: (647) 477-6000
General Inquiries:Ruth Smith, Manager
Telephone: (905) 618-0420

Shortlisted Publishers’ Web sites:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux:

Gaspereau Press:

Jonathan Cape:

McClelland & Stewart:


Wesleyan University Press:

Zephyr Press:


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