I can't help but smile as I read this:
The Griffin prize, established in 2000 by entrepreneur Scott Griffin, was presented Thursday evening at a Toronto gala attended by more than 300 poetry fans, including Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and author Margaret Atwood, who is on the Griffin Prize board of trustees.
"It's been huge," Atwood said of the increasing international recognition of the award. "It's now a known award in poetry circles all over."
Griffin funds both the lucrative prize and the swanky party and says the cost is justified because it gives him the opportunity to shine the spotlight on poets and their work.
"There are a lot of literary prizes and unless you make a big statement, you just get lost," he said.
Well, well, what a surprise. Money hath been known to talk...here, my liege, it speaketh most eloquently. So come on, Tupelo, Crab Orchard, Glimmer Train, Gulf Coast, Speakeasy, Stanford, Blue Lynx, Blue Heron, Iowa, Ralph Gustafson, Ruth Lilly, Spoon River, Byron's Quill etc. etc. etc. etc., SHOW US THE MONEY!