Each year, the best books of poetry published in English internationally and in Canada are honoured with the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious and richest literary awards. Since 2001 this annual prize has acted as a tremendous spur to interest in and recognition of poetry, focusing worldwide attention on the formidable talent of poets writing in English and works in translation. And each year The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology features the work of the extraordinary poets shortlisted for the awards, and introduces us to some of the finest poems in their collections.
This year, editor and prize juror Adam Sol’s selections from the international shortlist include poems from Norman Dubie’s The Quotations of Bone (Copper Canyon Press), Joy Harjo’s Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (W. W. Norton & Company), Don Paterson’s 40 Sonnets (Faber and Faber), and Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s Heaven (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The selections from the Canadian shortlist include poems from Per Brask and Patrick Friesen’s Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments (Brick Books), translated from the Danish written by Ulrikka S. Gernes, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent by Liz Howard (McClelland & Stewart), and Tell: poems for a girlhood by Soraya Peerbaye (Pedlar Press).
Royalties generated from The 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology will be donated to UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, which was created to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard in their communities.
Shortlist to be announced: April 12, 2016
Readings: June 1, 2016
Prizes awarded: June 2, 2016
Adam Sol’s fourth collection of poetry, Complicity, was published in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award. His previous collections include Jeremiah, Ohio, a novel in poems that was shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Award for Poetry in 2008, and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He has published fiction, scholarly essays, reviews for a variety of publications, and recently launched a blog called How a Poem Moves. He co-directs the Flying Books School of Reading and Writing with Martha Sharpe. Sol lives in Toronto with his wife, Rabbi Yael Splansky, and their three sons.
Praise for The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology:
“The world’s premier international poetry prize.” — Maclean’s
“The Griffin Poetry Prize is a rich tribute to an art form largely and stupidly ignored by the public . . . an annual report on the state of the poetry nation.” — Globe and Mail
“The Olympics of poetry.” — Sylvia Fraser, Toronto Life
“Already of the first calibre — a great shortlist, great judges, great trustees, great intent.” — National Post
“I am very pleased to have been able to help with the inception of this important prize. Poetry is at the heart of language; it’s good to see it given the recognition it deserves.” — Margaret Atwood on the inaugural 2001 anthology