The Griffin Poetry Prize has announced a 10-book longlist for this year’s $130,000 prize.
This year, for the first time since the prize was established in 2000, the prize’s Canadian and international categories have merged. Longlisted titles are for a single prize instead of two prizes of $65,000. Three Canadians – Manolis Aligizakis, Iman Mersal, and Susan Musgrave – are among the 10 poets on this year’s list.
The longlisted books are:
- Tasos Livaditis – Poems, Volume II by Manolis Aligizakis, translated from the Greek written by Tasos Livaditis (Libros Libertad)
- The Study of Human Life by Joshua Bennett (Penguin Books)
- The Threshold by Robyn Creswell, translated from the Arabic written by Iman Mersal (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- The Jaguar by Sarah Holland-Batt (University of Queensland Press)
- The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón (Corsair Poetry)
- Exculpatory Lilies by Susan Musgrave (McClelland & Stewart)
- Balladz by Sharon Olds (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Best Barbarian by Roger Reeves (W. W. Norton)
- Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head by Warsan Shire (Penguin Canada)
- Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong (Cape Poetry and Penguin Press)
The longlisted titles were chosen by judges Nikola Madzirov, Gregory Scofield, and Natasha Trethewey from 602 books of poetry, including 54 translations from 20 languages, submitted by 229 publishers in 20 different countries.
A shortlist of five books will be announced on April 19, with the winner of the prize to be announced on June 7. The four other finalists will receive $10,000.