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The 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology

A Selection of the Shortlist   |   The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology: Book 2021

Edited by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Published July 20, 2021 | ISBN 9781487009465

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120 pages | 8.5 in × 5.5 in
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About this book

The 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology

A Selection of the Shortlist

The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology: Book 2021

Souvankham Thammavongsa

The prestigious and highly anticipated annual anthology of the best Canadian and international poetry from the shortlist of the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Each year, the best books of poetry published in English internationally and in Canada are honoured with the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious and richest literary awards. Since 2001, this annual prize has tremendously spurred interest in and recognition of poetry, focusing worldwide attention on the formidable talent of poets writing in English and works in translation. Annually, 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.

About the Author

Souvankham Thammavongsa

SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA is the author of four poetry books, including winners of the ReLit Award and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and the story collection How to Pronounce Knife (McClelland & Stewart). Her writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the Paris Review, the Atlantic, Granta, and other places. She has been in residence at Yaddo and has performed her work at the Guggenheim Museum. The New York Times said of her, “A talented new voice emerges.” She was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, and was raised and educated in Toronto.

Awards and Praise


“The world’s premier international poetry prize.” — Maclean’s

“The Griffin Poetry Prize is a rich tribute to an art form largely and stupidly ignored by the public … an annual report on the state of the poetry nation.” — Globe and Mail

“The Olympics of poetry.” — Sylvia Fraser, Toronto Life

“Already of the first calibre — a great shortlist, great judges, great trustees, great intent.” — National Post

“I am very pleased to have been able to help with the inception of this important prize. Poetry is at the heart of language; it’s good to see it given the recognition it deserves.” — Margaret Atwood on the inaugural 2001 anthology