Apr 11, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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The Griffin Poetry Prize has named the Canadian and international poets that are up for its lucrative literary awards.

Contenders from Canada for the $65,000 prize are Injun by Jordan Abel (Talonbooks), Violet Energy Ingots by Hoa Nguyen (Wave Books), and Silvija by Sandra Ridley (BookThug).

The international award also comes with a cheque for $65,000 and those vying for the award are World of Made and Unmade by Jane Mead (Alice James Books); In Praise of Defeat by Abdellatif Laabi, translated from French by Donald Nicholson-Smith (Archipelago Books); Falling Awake by Alice Oswald (Jonathan Cape/W.W. Norton & Company); and Say Something Back by Denise Riley (Picador).

Judges Sue Goyette, Joan Naviyuk Kane and George Szirtes each read 617 books of poetry from 39 countries – including 23 translations.

The seven finalists will each be awarded $10,000 – for participating in the short-list readings in Toronto on June 7th – with the winners of each prize announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize gala in Toronto on June 8th.

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