The reveal of the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist is a significant date on the calendars of all those interested in Canadian poetry; it is the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English. Candidates are shortlisted in two categories: Canadian and International. The shortlist was released today, April 10, 2018, and the League is very excited to share it with you:
2018 Griffin Poetry Prize: CANADIAN SHORTLIST
This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt (Frontenac House)
I have to live. by Aisha Sasha John (McClelland & Stewart)
Same Diff by Donato Mancini (Talonbooks)
2018 Griffin Poetry Prize: INTERNATIONAL SHORTLIST
Heaven is All Goodbyes by Tongo Eisen-Martin (City Lights)
Debths by Susan Howe (New Directions)
Whereas by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf Press)
Hard Child by Natalie Shapero (Copper Canyon Press)
A huge congratulations to all shortlisted poets!
For poets’ biographies, judges’ citations, and poetry excerpts, visit the Griffin website.