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Awards: Per Brask and Patrick Friesen, Liz Howard, Soraya Peerbaye comprise 2016 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Ontario poet Liz Howard.

Ontario poet Liz Howard.

The finalists for the Griffin Poetry Prize, which recognizes one exceptional book of poetry by a Canadian author and one by an international author published the previous year, have been announced. Each winning title receives $65,000.

Toronto poet Adam Sol, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner Tracy K. Smith, and U.K. poet Alice Oswald chose the following finalists from 633 submissions from 43 countries:



  • Norman Dubie, The Quotations of Bone (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Joy Harjo, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Don Paterson, 40 Sonnets (Faber and Faber)
  • Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Heaven (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The finalists, each of whom will receive $10,000, will perform at a reading on June 1 at Toronto’s Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on June 2.