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Griffin Poetry Prize 2021

The annual Griffin Poetry Prize awards two prizes: a Canadian prize is given to a living poet resident in Canada, and an international prize is given to a living poet from any country in the world. NNELS production focuses on the Canadian titles. Learn more about the award from the Griffin Poetry Prize website.

  • Author:
    Mort, Valzhyna
    Summary:

    In her book of letters to the dead, the prize-winning poet Valzhyna Mort relearns how to mourn those erased by violent history. With shocking, unforgettable lyric force, Valzhyna Mort's Music for the Dead and Resurrected confronts the...

  • Author:
    Lei, Yi.
    Summary:

    One of China’s most significant contemporary poets, co-translated by former US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

    *Shortlisted for the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize*

    Yi Lei published her poem “A Single Woman’s Bedroom” in 1987, when...

  • Author:
    Chang, Victoria
    Summary:

    The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2020 Time Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020 NPR's Best Books of 2020 National Book Award in Poetry, Longlist Frank Sanchez Book Award After her mother died, poet Victoria Chang refused to...

  • Author:
    Saadi, Yusuf
    Summary:

    Pluviophile  veers through various poetic visions and traditions in search of the sacred within and beyond language. Its poems continually revitalize form, imagery and sonancy to reconsider the ways we value language, beauty and body....

  • Author:
    Lubrin, Canisia
    Summary:

    Canisia Lubrin returns with a mesmerizing new collection, the follow-up to her breakout book, Voodoo Hypothesis . Windham-Campbell Prize, Winner 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Longlist Raymond Souster Award, Longlist Pat...

  • Author:
    Reddy, Srikanth
    Summary:

    Simultaneously funny and frightful, Srikanth Reddy's Underworld Lit is a multiverse quest through various cultures' realms of the dead. Couched in a literature professor's daily mishaps with family life and his sudden reckoning with...

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