2019 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Announced

The Griffin Poetry Prize in Canada is one of the world’s biggest, with a $65,000 purse (and $10,000 to each finalists). Two prizes are awarded each year, one for a Canadian poet or translator writing in English, and one “International Prize,” which is open to writers (and translators) from around the world. This year’s four-book International Prize shortlist features two books of poetry in translation as well as one written by poet Daniel Borzutzky, who is himself a prize-winning translator. The translators shortlisted for translated works are:

  • Don Mee Choi, for her translation from Korean of Autobiography of Death by Kim Hyesoon (New Directions)
  • Ani Gjika, for her translation from Albanian of Negative Space by Luljeta Lleshanaku (Bloodaxe Books)

Both of these, you’ll notice, are books by woman writers with woman translators. Girl power forever! For the complete shortlists and more information about the prize and each of the finalists, please visit the Griffin Poetry Prize website. The winners will be announced on June 6, 2019. Best of luck to all the shortlisted translators!

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