Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

TORONTO – April 12, 2016 – 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 Alice Oswald (UK), Tracy K. Smith (USA) and Adam Sol (Canada) each read 633 books of poetry, from 43 countries, including 25 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 1st 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 2nd, will each be awarded $65,000.


  • The Quotations of Bone ● Norman Dubie. Copper Canyon Press
  • Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings ● Joy Harjo. W. W. Norton & Company
  • 40 Sonnets ● Don Paterson. Faber and Faber
  • Heaven ● Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Farrar, Straus and Giroux


  • Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments ● Per Brask and Patrick Friesen, translated from the Danish written by Ulrikka S. Gernes. Brick Books
  • Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent ● Liz Howard. McClelland & Stewart
  • Tell: poems for a girlhood ● Soraya Peerbaye. Pedlar Press

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