The 2011 International and Canadian Shortlist for The Griffin Poetry Prize

Each year The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry invites 7 finalists, three Canadian and four International, to read in Toronto at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory of Music in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning. The 7 finalists will be awarded $10,000 for their participation in the shortlist readings on May 31st and the winners will be awarded $65,000 each on June 1, 2011.


International Shortlist:

Human Chain by Seamus Heaney

Adonis: Selected Poems translated by Khaled Mattawa from the Arabic written by Adonis

The Book of the Snow translated by Philip Mosley from the French written by Francois Jacqmin

Heavenly Questions by Gjertrud Schnackenberg

Canadian Shortlist:

Ossuaries by Dionne Brand

The Irrationalist by Suzanne Buffam

Lookout by John Steffler

The judges on the panel include none other than Tim Lilburn (Canada), Colm Toibin (Ireland) and Chase Twichel (USA). But in order to form my own opinions and hear back from the people I will be reading and reviewing each nominee. So stay tuned for some poetry reviews and please don’t be shy in sharing your opinions as well.

2 Responses

  1. Hello,

    We are an independent publisher located in Southern NH, USA. How would we submit our poets / writers for consideration for the Griffin Poetry Prize?

    Thank you!

    • Dear Amy Wood,

      Please visit the Griffin Poetry Prize web site, and click on the “How to Enter” icon at the top of the home page. Full details of how to submit, and the rules (including eligibility criteria) are contained there.

      Best wishes,
      Ruth Smith
      The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry

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