TORONTO – March 15, 2023 – The Griffin Poetry Prize is pleased to announce the 2023 Longlist.
Judges Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia), Gregory Scofield (Canada), and Natasha Trethewey (USA) each read 602 books of poetry, including 54 translations from 20 languages, submitted by 229 publishers from 20 different countries.
The Study of Human Life ● Joshua Bennett, USA, Penguin Books
The Jaguar ● Sarah Holland-Batt, Australia, University of Queensland Press
The Hurting Kind ● Ada Limón, USA, Corsair Poetry
Exculpatory Lilies ● Susan Musgrave, Canada, McClelland & Stewart
Balladz ● Sharon Olds, USA, Alfred A. Knopf
Best Barbarian ● Roger Reeves, USA, W. W. Norton
Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head ● Warsan Shire, Somali/UK, Penguin Canada
Time Is a Mother ● Ocean Vuong, Vietnam/USA, Cape Poetry, and Penguin Press
The five shortlisted books will be announced on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.
The winner will be announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Readings to be held at Koerner Hall on Wednesday, June 7, and will be awarded $130,000. The other shortlisted finalists will each receive $10,000.
Tickets for the 2023 Griffin Poetry Prize Readings are now on sale and can be purchased at the box office of Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West or online.
General Admission, inc. 2023 Anthology – $30.00
Senior/Student, inc. 2023 Anthology – $25.00
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