Canadian poets David W. McFadden, James Pollock and Ian Williams are competing for the lucrative Griffin Poetry Prize.
The prize — created by businessman Scott Griffin — awards $65,000 each year to an international poet and a Canadian one.
Toronto resident McFadden is up for his collection What's the Score, while Pollock — who lives in Madison, Wis., is in the running for Sailing to Babylon. Williams, of Brampton, Ont., made the cut for Personals.
The international finalists are:
- Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems by Houston-based Fady Joudah, translated from the Arabic, written by Ramallah-based Ghassan Zaqtan;
- Liquid Nitrogen by Jennifer Maiden;
- Night of the Republic by Alan Shapiro, who is a professor at the University of North Carolina;
- Our Andromeda by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Brenda Shaughnessy.
The international judging panel — Canadian Suzanne Buffam, American Mark Doty and Wang Ping of China — read 509 books of poetry from 40 countries, including 15 translations.
The seven finalists will receive $10,000 each for participating in short list readings on June 12. The two winners — who will be announced the following night — will each receive $65,000.