CANADIANS DOYALI ISLAM, CHANTAL GIBSON AND KAIE KELLOUGH SHORTLISTED FOR $65K GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE

The award annually gives out two $65,000 prizes — one to a book of Canadian poetry and one to an international book of poetry — making it one of the world's richest prizes of its kind.

Doyali Islam, Chantal Gibson, Kaie Kellough are the Canadian finalists for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. (Arden Wray, Chantal Gibson, Kaie Kellough)

Poets Chantal Gibson, Doyali Islam and Kaie Kellough are the Canadian finalists for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize.

The award annually gives out two $65,000 prizes — one to a book of Canadian poetry and one to an international book of poetry — making it one of the world’s richest prizes of its kind.

The Canadian shortlist is comprised of Gibson’s How She Read, Islam’s Heft and Kellough’s Magnetic Equator.

In light of concerns over COVID-19, the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry announced in March that it had cancelled the 2020 shortlist readings scheduled for June 8 and the awards evening dinner on June 9.

The international and Canadian winners will be announced online on May 19, 2020.

The two winners will each be awarded $65,000. The other finalists will each be awarded $10,000.

There are four books on the international shortlist.

Colorado-based poet Abigail Chabitnoy is a finalist for How to Dress a Fish, California poet Sharon Olds is on the shortlist for Arias, Beirut poet Etel Adnan is on the shortlist for Time, which was translated from French by New York-based writer Sarah Riggs, and American-Mexican poet Natalie Scenters-Zapico is a finalist for Lima :: Limón.

 

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