TORONTO — Kaie Kellough is the Canadian winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize.
The Montreal-based writer was virtually awarded the $65,000 honour Tuesday for “Magnetic Equator,” published by McClelland & Stewart.
In their citation, jurors said the collection “negotiates survival and revolt as it moves with the surety and complexity of improvisation and collaboration.”
The international prize, also worth $65,000, went to “Time,” written in French by Beirut-born Etel Adnan and translated by Sarah Riggs.
The Griffin is billed as the world’s largest prize for a first-edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English.
The winners are typically feted at a swanky Toronto gala, but this year’s literary bash was cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns.
More to come.
The Canadian Press