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Poetry Anthologies (multiple Authors)

The Griffin Poetry Prize 2003 Anthology

edited by Sharon Thesen

Publisher
House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
Apr 2003
Category
Anthologies (multiple authors), Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780887846878
    Publish Date
    Apr 2003
    List Price
    $16.95

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Description

The best books of poetry published in English internationally and in Canada are honoured each year with the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world's richest and most prestigious literary prizes. The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology: A Selection of the 2003 Shortlist includes poems from the seven exceptional books shortlisted for the 2003 prize.

Selections include poems from Kathleen Jamie's Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Dead: Poems 1980-1994; Paul Muldoon's Moy Sand and Gravel; Gerald Stern's American Sonnets: Poems; C. D. Wright's Steal Away: Selected and New Poems; Margaret Avison's Concrete and Wild Carrot; Dionne Brand's thirsty; and P. K. Page's Planet Earth: Poems Selected and New. Prize jurors Michael Longley, Sharon Olds, and Sharon Thesen chose the outstanding shortlist and wrote the citations that proceed each selection. Thesen chose the poems that appear in the anthology and wrote the introduction to the book.

Royalties generated from The Griffin Poetry Prize anthologies are donated to UNESCO's World Poetry Day.

About the author

Sharon Thesen
Sharon Thesen was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, in 1946. She moved to the British Columbia Interior in 1952 and lived in Prince George and Kamloops before settling in Vancouver in 1966. She is the author of several books of poetry and the former editor of the Capilano Review. She currently teaches English at Capilano College in North Vancouver and writes reviews for the Vancouver Sun.

Sharon Thesen is a poet, editor, and writer who was based in Vancouver, BC, before coming to UBC Okanagan in 2005. She is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent The Good Bacteria (House of Anansi). Her books include a selected poems, News & Smoke, and several titles from the 1980s and '90s from Coach House Press in Toronto.

Sharon has been involved in the Canadian and Vancouver poetry scene for many years. As an editor, she has published two editions of The New Long Poem Anthology, a Governor-General’s Award-winning edition of Phyllis Webb’s poetry (The Vision Tree), and, from 2001 to 2005, the literary and visual arts magazine The Capilano Review. She co-edited, with Ralph Maud, a correspondence between the poet Charles Olson and book designer Frances Boldereff (Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff: A Modern Corresepondence, Wesleyan University Press).

Sharon co-edits, with Nancy Holmes, Lake: a journal of arts and environment, which is housed in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan, and continues to be a contributing editor of The Capilano Review.

Her book A Pair of Scissors won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and The Good Bacteria was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award, the ReLit Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Two earlier books also were finalists for the Governor-General’s Award, and in 2002 Sharon was a member of the jury, along with American poet Sharon Olds and Irish poet Michael Longley, for the prestigious Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry.

In addition to teaching literature and creative writing at Capilano College, Sharon has taught poetry workshops at a number of summer writing colonies, including the Banff Writing Studio, Echo Valley and St. Peter’s College, and for many years has informally mentored younger poets and writers. She has given readings at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, the Blue Metropolis Writers’ Festival in Montreal and the New Zealand Writers’ Festival in Wellington, NZ.

Sharon’s research interests are modern, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics, lyric essay and philosophical autobiography, the relationship between poetic imagination and “the real,” and the Canadian long poem. She is also interested in the aesthetics of theological and mystical writings by women, as well as the relationship between psychology and ecology, and eco-poetics. She is married, with one son and one stepson. She lives in Lake Country, BC.

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