Pub. News – Griffin Poetry Prize announces 2013 shortlist

This morning the shortlist for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize was announced in Toronto. The prize awards $65,000 each to one Canadian, and one international poet.

The shortlisted Canadian titles are:

  • What’s the Score? – David W. McFadden
  • Sailing to Babylon – James Pollock
  • Personals – Ian Williams
The international finalists are:

  • Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems – Fady Joudah, translated from the Arabic, written by Ghassan Zaqtan
  • Liquid Nitrogen – Jennifer Maiden
  • Night of the Republic – Alan Shapiro
  • Our Andromeda – Brenda Shaughnessy

Each of the shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Koerner Hall on June 12th, and the winners will be announced on June 13th at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards evening.

ImageWe have a copy of finalist David W. McFadden’s What’s the Score? here in The Word On The Street’s office, and we’d love to get it into the hands of one of our poetry-loving blog readers!  Just share your thoughts on one of the following topics, and you could win this collection of poems.

  • What do you think of the 2013 finalists?
  • Do you believe awards like the Griffin Poetry Prize help bring poetry to the mainstream of our culture?
  • How do you incorporate poetry into your daily life?
Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win* a copy of What’s the Score? by David W. McFadden.

*Prize must be picked up from The Word On The Street’s office, located at 67 Mowat Ave., Suite 242, Toronto. The winner will be notified in the comments section of this blog post on Friday, April 12th, 2013.


2 thoughts on “Pub. News – Griffin Poetry Prize announces 2013 shortlist

  1. I think more can be done to “bring poetry to the mainstream” of our culture. Perhaps we could have public readers of poetry stationed at intersections or subway stations, much like we have buskers today, so the words can be heard, and the poets’ name familiarized.

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