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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

2011 Griffin Poetry Prize List

The finalists for the Griffin Poetry Prize were announced this morning and include Toronto poet laureate Dionne Brand.

Three poets were named to the Canadian shortlist, and four to the international list. The Griffin Poetry Prize is Canada's most prestigious prize for poetry, and awards an international and Canadian winner $65,000 each. Every finalist also receives a cash award, in the amount of $10,000.

Brand was nominated for her collection Ossuaries. She is joined on the Canadian list by Suzanne Buffam, for The Irrationalist, and John Steffler, for Lookout.

This year's international finalists include Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney, for Human Chain, Adonis for Adonis: Selected Poems (translated by Khaled Mattawa). Fran├žois Jacqmin for The Book of the Snow (translated by Philip Mosley) and Gjertrud Schnackenberg for Heavenly Questions.

The winners will be announced June 1.

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