2018 Shortlist

See also 2019 Shortlist.

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Announcing the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

International Shortlist

Heaven is All Goodbyes, by Tongo Eisen-Martin Book: Heaven is All Goodbyes
Poet: Tongo Eisen-Martin
Publisher: City Lights
Debths, by Susan Howe International Winner
Book: Debths
Poet: Susan Howe
Publisher: New Directions
Whereas, by Layli Long Soldier Book: Whereas
Poet: Layli Long Soldier
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Hard Child, by Natalie Shapero Book: Hard Child
Poet: Natalie Shapero
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
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Canadian Shortlist

This Wound is a World, by Billy-Ray Belcourt Canadian Winner
Book: This Wound is a World
Poet: Billy-Ray Belcourt
Publisher: Frontenac House
I have to live, by Aisha Sasha John Book: I have to live.
Poet: Aisha Sasha John
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Same Diff, by Donato Mancini Book: Same Diff
Poet: Donato Mancini
Publisher: Talonbooks
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The Griffin Poetry Prize 2018 Anthology

Edited by Ian Williams

House of Anansi Press

Each year The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology features the work of the extraordinary poets shortlisted for the awards and introduces us to some of the finest poems in their collections.

Griffin Poetry Prize 2018 Photo Gallery

Michael Ondaatje
Sarah MacLachlan, Tessa Griffin
Scott Griffin
Ben Lerner
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Sarah Howe
Susan Howe
Layli Long Soldier
Ian Williams
Natalie Shapero
Jo Shapcott
Ana Blandiana
Ana Blandiana, Viorica Patea
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Aisha Sasha John
Donato Mancini
Front row (left to right): Layli Long Soldier, Sarah Howe, Ana Blandiana, Susan Howe Natalie Shapero / Back row (left to right): Ian Williams, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Ben Lerner, Scott Griffin, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Aisha Sasha John, Donato Mancini
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Susan Howe, Donato Mancini
Billy-Ray Belcourt, Layli Long Soldier, Natalie Shapero, Donato Mancini, Susan Howe, Aisha Sasha John, Tongo Eisen-Martin
Sarah Howe, Susan Howe
Billy-Ray Belcourt, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Layli Long Soldier
Natalie Shapero, Ricky Crano
Canisia Lubrin, Aisha Sasha John, Catherine Callender
Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul, Elana Rabinovitch
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Michou Caron, Krystyne Griffin, Thaddeus Romer
Sarah Steeves, Donato Mancini
Adrienne Clarkson, Carolyn Forche
Susan G. Cole, Rhea Tregebov
Aisha Sasha John, Kim Maltman, Roo Borson
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Shelley Ambrose, Sarah MacLachlan, Noah Richler
Jeanette Lynes, Catherine Graham, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Lois Lorimer
David Chariandy, Ian Williams, Eleanor Wachtel
Jennifer Londry, Michael Redhill, Amanda Withers, Sandra Ridley
Tongo Eisen-Martin, Ric Young, Louise Dennys
Poetry In Voice champion Hamish Marissen-Clark
Viorica Patea, Ana Blandiana
Susan Howe
Susan Howe
Susan Howe, Scott Griffin
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Susan Howe, Billy-Ray Belcourt
Billy-Ray Belcourt, Scott Griffin, Susan Howe
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Ana Blandiana, Scott Griffin
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Karen Solie, Sarah Howe, Jo Shapcott
Bianca Spence, Paul Vermeersch, Stevie Howell
Hamish Marissen-Clark, Tessa Griffin
Christina Sharpe, Dionne Brand
Sandra Ridley, Christian Bok, Adam Dickinson, Jeanette Lynes
Scott and Krystyne Griffin
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Photo credits:
Tongo Eisen-Martin, by Shalom Bower
Aisha Sasha John, by Yuula Benivolski
Donato Mancini, by Byron Dauncey

See also 2017 Shortlist.