There's no bigger bash for poetry (or arguably, for books in Canada) than the Griffin Prize Gala - and no better place to see your favourite poets cut a rug. On June 8, 2017 poets, publishers, book media, donors, and more gathered at Toronto's Distillery District to celebrate all things poetry.
The winners were announced: Alice Oswald won the International Griffin Prize for her collection Falling Awake (Jonathan Cape/W.W. Norton & Company) while Jordan Abel won the Canadian Griffin Prize for his collection Injun (Talonbooks). Then it was time to dance, celebrate, and revel in a night dedicated to poetry, poets, and poetry lovers.
Check out our interview will all of the nominated writers, and don't miss photos from the event itself (below), courtesy of the Griffin Trust.
Maureen Scott Harris, Kitty Lewis, Erin Knight, Adam Dickinson
Joan Naviyuk Kane, Dale Smith, Hoa Nguyen
Jordan Abel, Chelsea Novak, Kevin Williams, Heidi Waechtler
Adam Sol, Erin Knight, Adam Dickinson
Soraya Peerbaye & Bianca Spence
Mark Medley & Alana Wilcox
Abdellatif Laabi & Krystyne Griffin
Susan G. Cole, Jessica Cooney, Melissa Shirley
Lois Lorimer, Catherine Graham, Susan Perly (Dennis Lee in background)
For more information about the Griffin Prize, please visit their website.