SPD is proud to announce that Time, translated from the French by Sarah Riggs, and written by Etel Adnan (Nightboat Books) has won the Griffin Poetry Prize!

 The Griffin Poetry Prize was founded in 2000 to encourage and celebrate excellence in poetry. The prize is for first edition books of poetry written in, or translated into, English and submitted from anywhere in the world.

The judges for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize are Paula Meehan (Ireland), Kei Miller (Jamaica/UK) and Hoa Nguyen (Canada). These distinguished writers and poets each read 572 books of poetry, received from fourteen countries around the globe, including translations from eighteen different languages. The trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry select the judges annually.

(Nightboat Books, 2019)
By Etel Adnan, trans. Sarah Riggs

"An arresting new translation of poems, originally written in French, by one of our greatest philosopher poets. On October 27, 2003, Etel Adnan received a postcard from poet Khaled Najar, whom she had met in the late seventies. Originally in French, the poems it sparked collapse time, then expand it. War and love intertwine with coffee and bombs, memory and the present, evoking life in non-linear time. This translation by Sarah Riggs is the first in English."

Learn more about the Griffin Prize here

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