TORONTO – April 7, 2015 – 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 Tim Bowling (Canada), Fanny Howe (USA) and Piotr Sommer (Poland) each read 560 books of poetry, from 42 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 3rd 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 4th, will each be awarded $65,000.
The Stairwell • Michael Longley
The Road to Emmaus • Spencer Reece
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Congotronic • Shane Book
House of Anansi Press
Blue Sonoma • Jane Munro
The Hundred Lives • Russell Thornton
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 3rd, 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/2015-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 4th.
Please direct other inquiries as follows:
|Media Inquiries:Melissa Shirley
Telephone: (647) 389-9510
|General Inquiries:Ruth Smith, Manager
Telephone: (905) 618-0420
Shortlisted Publishers’ Web sites:
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