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.
Pilgrim’s Flower • Rachael Boast
Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire • Brenda Hillman
Wesleyan University Press
Silverchest • Carl Phillips
Farrar, Straus Giroux
Red Doc> • Anne Carson
Jonathan Cape and McClelland & Stewart
Ocean • Sue Goyette
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 http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/2014-griffin-poetry-prize-shortlist-readings or by calling (416) 408-0208.
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