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Pura López Colomé – 2013 Awards

Pura López Colomé Opens the 2013 Awards Ceremony The Present’s Present The day I realized that those words my mother would repeat in my brother’s ears …

Glyn Maxwell – 2010 Awards

Poet Glyn Maxwell Opens the 2010 Awards Ceremony One morning I was driving my daughter to school, she was about eight. Those kids in Shakespeare …

Carolyn Forché – 2009 Reykjavik

Why Poetry? The Poetry Of Witness Carolyn Forché, Griffin Trustee, Speaks At The Reykjavik International Literary Festival I’m honored to have been invited to participate …

Don Mckay – 2009 Reykjavik

Why Poetry?Don McKay, 2007 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Winner, Speaks at the Reykjavik International Literary Festival A visit to Iceland is an important occasion for …

James Wood – 2009 Awards

Literary Critic and Novelist James Wood Opens the 2009 Awards Ceremony Custom dictates that an after-dinner speech should be amusing, but I want to talk …

Paul Farley – 2008 Awards

Paul Farley, 2007 International Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlisted Poet, Opens the 2008 Awards Ceremony It’s always a great pleasure to be invited back anywhere, especially …

Matthew Rohrer – 2007 Awards

Matthew Rohrer, 2005 International Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlisted Poet, Opens the 2007 Awards Ceremony I come before you all for a second time, to plead …

Simon Armitage – 2006 Awards

Simon Armitage, 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize Judge, Opens the 2006 Awards Ceremony In a recent interview, the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney repeated Oliver St. John …