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article imageDavid McFadden and Ghassan Zaqtan win 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Special

By KJ Mullins     Jun 14, 2013 in Entertainment
Toronto - Thursday night at Corus Quay, along Toronto’s waterfront, the winners of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize were announced during the annual awards ceremony.
Canadian poet David McFadden won for "What's The Score?" and Palestinian Ghassan Zaqtan won the International Prize for his "Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me."
The winners of the Griffin Prize, founded in 2000 by businessman Scott Griffin, each were awarded $65,000. The prize is for first edition books of poetry and are submitted globally.
Ghassan Zaqtan and Fady Joudah win 2013 Griffin Awards
Ghassan Zaqtan and Fady Joudah win 2013 Griffin Awards
More than 400 guests attended Thursday's awards ceremony hosted by Scott Griffin and trustees Margaret Atwood, Robert Hass, Michael Ondaatje and David Young. Pura Lopez-Colome and Robert Hass gave readings before the winners were announced.
Grade 12 student Kyla Kane also gave a reading. Kane is this year's winner of the Poetry in Voice national finals, a bilingual poetry recitation competition started by Scott Griffin.
Kyla Kane
Kyla Kane
On Wednesday night six of the seven Griffin Prize Shortlist poets read selections from their books at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.
Each of the poets were given a leather-bound edition of their book and a cheque for $10,000.
Robert Hass
Robert Hass
The 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist features collections by four international and three Canadian poets:
Fady Joudah’s translation from the Arabic of Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems by Ghassan Zaqtan, published by Yale University Press
Jennifer Maiden’s Liquid Nitrogen, published by Giramondo Publishing
Alan Shapiro’s Night of the Republic, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Brenda Shaughnessy’s Our Andromeda, published by Copper Canyon Press
David W McFadden’s What’s the Score? published by Mansfield Press
James Pollock’s Sailing to Babylon, published by Able Muse Press
Ian Williams’ Personals, published by Freehand Books
During the intermission Joudah and Zaqtan said that it was their first time in Canada. Coming to Canada had been a struggle for Zaqtan who had trouble obtaining his visa. Tonight Zaqtan stood on the stage thanking his mother for keeping the family library even though she is illiterate.
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