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Dionne Brand, Eve Joseph, and Sarah Tolmie shortlisted for Griffin Poetry Prize

Dionne Brand (Jason Chow)

The shortlists for the Canadian and international Griffin Poetry Prize Awards have been announced. Dionne Brand, a previous winner of the Griffin for her 2010 collection Ossuaries, is listed on the Canadian shortlist for her collection The Blue Clerk (McClelland & Stewart). She is joined by first-time finalists Eve Joseph for Quarrels (Anvil Press) and Sarah Tolmie for The Art of Dying (McGill-Queen’s University Press).

The shortlists were determined by poets Ulrikka Gernes, Srikanth Reddy, and Kim Maltman, who read 510 collections from 32 countries. The winners will be announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards in Toronto on June 6. The seven shortlisted poets will be invited to read at an event to be held in Toronto on June 5, with tickets available to the public.

Canada’s richest poetry prize prize is presented to two English-language collections – a Canadian and an international entry – published in 2018. The grand prizes are worth $65,000 each, with $10,000 offered to each shortlisted poet. The Griffin Poetry Prize Awards is endowed by philanthropist Scott Griffin.

The complete shortlists follow:

Canadian 

  • The Blue Clerk, Dionne Brand (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Quarrels, Eve Joseph (Anvil Press)
  • The Art of Dying, Sarah Tolmie (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

International 

  • The Perseverance, Raymond Antrobus (Penned in the Margins)
  • Lake Michigan, Daniel Borzutzky (University of Pittsburgh Press)
  • Autobiography of Death, Don Mee Choi; Kim Hyesoon (trans.) (New Directions)
  • Negative Space, Ani Gjika; Luljeta Lleshanaku (trans.) (Bloodaxe Books)