Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry and David Young, trustee, announced the International and Canadian shortlist for this yearâ€™s prize. Judges Suzanne Buffam (Canada), Mark Doty (USA) and Wang Ping (China) each read 509 books of poetry, from 40 countries, including 15 translations.
The seven finalists are: Ghassan Zaqtan, Jennifer Maiden, Alan Shapiro, Brenda Shaughnessy, David McFadden, James Pollock, and Ian Williams. The finalists 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 12th.
The winners, to be announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards evening on Thursday, June 13th, will each be awarded $65,000.
Tickets for the Shortlist Readings to be held on Wednesday, June 12th, 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 or by calling (416) 408-0208.
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