NewsAlert: Kaie Kellough wins $65K Griffin Poetry Prize
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NewsAlert: Kaie Kellough wins $65K Griffin Poetry Prize

Last Updated May 19, 2020 at 9:16 am EDT

Kaie Kellough is shown in this undated handout image. 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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Griffin Poetry Prize *MANDATORY CREDIT*

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

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