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Brenda Hillman and Anne Carson Win the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize

By Harriet Staff
From left to right: Anne Carson, Scott Griffin, Brenda Hillman.

From left to right: Anne Carson, Scott Griffin, Brenda Hillman.

Yesterday we were thrilled to hear the good news that Brenda Hillman’s Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire and Anne Carson’s Red Doc> were the winners of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize. Each will receive C$65,000 in prize money. The judges this year were Robert Bringhurst (Canada), Jo Shapcott (UK) and C.D. Wright (USA). “These distinguished writers and poets each read 542 books of poetry, received from 40 countries around the globe, including 24 translations. The trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry select the judges annually.” To recap who was on the shortlist this year:

Rachael Boast’s Pilgrim’s Flower, published by Picador

Brenda Hillman’s Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, published by Wesleyan University Press

Carl Phillips’ Silverchest, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Mira Rosenthal’s translation from the Polish of Colonies by Tomasz Rózycki, published by Zephyr Press

Anne Carson’s Red Doc>, published by Jonathan Cape and McClelland & Stewart

Sue Goyette’s Ocean, published by Gaspereau Press

Anne Michaels’ Correspondences, published by McClelland & Stewart

Congratulations to Brenda and Anne!

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, June 6th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.