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.
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.