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Poet Abdellatif Laâbi Shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize!

May 02, 2017 | By francecanadaculture Toronto

Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi is shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize – the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English, which may include works in translation. 

From 617 books of poetry and 39 countries, Abdellatif Laâbi and his book In Praise of Defeat (bilingual edition published by Archipelago Books in 2017), translated from the French by the award-winning translator Donald Nicholson-Smith, was chosen along six other finalists, among which In Praise of Defeat is the only work in translation.

Abdellatif Laâbi and the other finalists will be invited to read in Toronto at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory, on Wednesday, June 7, at 7.30pm.

Each judge for the prize is selected by the Griffin Trustees, including writers Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and Colm Tóibín.

You can register here to attend the Shortlist Readings.

About Abdellatif Laâbi

Abdellatif Laâbi, poet, novelist, playwright, translator, and political activist, was born in Fez, Morocco in 1942. He was the founder of Souffles, a left-leaning literary review banned by the Moroccan government in 1972. An outspoken critic of several political regimes of the Maghreb, Laâbi was imprisoned in Morocco for eight years and later exiled to France. Deemed by Amnesty International a prisoner of conscience, Laâbi received the Prix de la Liberté and the Prix International de Poésie while imprisoned. He went on to receive the Prix Robert Ganzo de Poésie in 2008, the Prix Goncourt de la Poésie for his Oeuvre complète in 2009, and the Grand Prix de la Francophonie from the Académie Française in 2011.