-The Griffin Prize shortlist has been announced and boy is it going to be a doozy. The Griffin awards $50,000 to two winners, a Canadian and an international poet. This year Vancouver poet Robin Blaser, Toronto's David McFadden, and Montreal's Nicole Brossard and her translators have been nominated for the Canadian prize. The international nominees are John Ashbery, Elaine Equi, Cesar Vallejo and his translator, and David Harsent.
I'm a big fan of both Ashbery and Equi so I'm a bit torn as to who I want to win from the international nominees. As for the Canucks, I've actually been reading (and really digging!) David McFadden's work. Check out McFadden's selected poetry collection Why Are You So Sad? and you can also read excerpts from it here.
-Bob Dylan wins rock's first Pulitzer and in another first, there's a tie for poetry between Robert Hass (Go Hass!)and Philip Schultz. More here and here.
-Tony Hoagland, author of the awesomely titled What Narcissism Means to Me wins the Jackson Poetry Prize, nabbing $50,000 in the process!