Adam Sol, Tracy K. Smith and Alice Oswald named 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize judges

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Canadian poet Adam Sol, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith and U.K. poet Alice Oswald have been named to the jury of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Sol, the lone Canadian on the jury panel, is an award winning poet whose book Crowd of Sounds took home the Ontario Trillium Award for Poetry in 2004. He currently teaches at Laurentian University's Barrie Campus.

Smith, an American author, has won numerous awards for her books of poetry, The Body's Question, Duende and Life on Mars, the last of which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. She teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

Oswald is also an award winning writer and, in 2013, was the first poet to with the Warwick prize for writing. A few of hr poetry collections include The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile, Dart and Memorial.

The prize offers two awards of $65,000 each, as well as $10,000 to each poet on the shortlist who performs at the Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings, scheduled for June 1 in Toronto. One prize is given to poet living in Canada, and the other is an international prize to any poet in the world. Winners will be announced on June 2.

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