The Canadian poetry finalists hang by the podium. Photo by Matt Kim/Torontoist.
The finalists for the Griffin Poetry Prize were announced earlier today, and Torontoist was happily in attendance.
The announcement was made by trustee David Young to a gathered crowd of writers, publishers, editors, and media (though notably absent were fellow trustees Atwood and Ondaatje). The prize, which is awarded to the two best books of poetry published in the previous year, is one of the largest of its kind, and the two winners—one Canadian and one international—will each receive $50,000.
“And dance without a shirt,” joked Young.
Comprising the Canadian shortlist are A.F. Moritz for The Sentinel, Jeramy Dodds for Crabwise to the Hounds, and Kevin Connolly for Revolver. Torontoist could not help but notice Ken Babstock, Toronto-based poet, 2007 Griffin winner and Connolly’s editor at Anansi, jump a little in his seat at the announcement.
The international shortlist included The Lost Leader, the second full book of poetry by the late Scottish poet Mick Imlah; along with Life on Earth by Derek Mahon; Rising, Falling, Hovering by C.D. Wright; and Primitive Mentor by Dean Young.
Those shortlisted have been invited to read in Toronto at the MacMillan Theatre on June 2; the announcement of the winner follows the day after, June 3, at the ninth annual Griffin Poetry Prize Awards Evening.