The Griffin Trust to Announce the 2002 International and Canadian Shortlists for the C$80,000 Griffin Poetry Prize on World Poetry Day

Toronto, March 6, 2002 – The Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist for 2002 will be announced by Trustees Scott Griffin and David Young on March 21st, World Poetry Day. The seven shortlisted books – three Canadian and four International – were judged by distinguished poets Dionne Brand, Robert Creeley and Michael Hofmann.

As part of an international celebration of poetry, the announcement will be made in Ottawa at a 15-EU country poetry reading event – “Voices, Past and Present” – at the National Library of Canada, with the support of the European Union, UNESCO, the Canada Council of Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

The shortlisted poets will be invited to give a reading in Toronto at a Harbourfront Reading Series Special event on May 29th and the two winners, each of whom receives C$40,000, will be announced at the second Griffin Poetry Prize awards ceremony on May 30th.

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Prudence Emery
In Canada, telephone: (416) 463-3105 (Eastern Standard Time)

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