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Jorie Graham leads TS Eliot prize nominations

Jorie Graham
Image caption Jorie Graham won the Forward Prize for P L A C E earlier this month

US poet Jorie Graham is among the 10 writers shortlisted for this year's TS Eliot Prize for Poetry.

The writer is nominated for her collection, P L A C E, which won the Forward Prize earlier this month.

If Graham wins, she will follow in the footsteps of John Burnside, who won both prizes last year for his collection, Black Cat Bone.

Other poets up for the £15,000 prize include Simon Armitage, Sharon Olds and Kathleen Jamie.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 14 January, with the shortlisted poets each receiving £1,000.

It is the third time Armitage has been nominated for the prize - which is now in its 20th year - but he has never won. The Yorkshire-born poet is shortlisted for his translation of the 15th Century medieval romance The Death of King Arthur.

Olds was nominated for Stag's Leap, about the end of her marriage, while Jamie was recognised for The Overhaul, her first collection since 2004's Forward prize-winning The Tree.

Sean Borodale, a poet and artist who writes documentary poems on location, was also chosen for his debut, Bee Journal, which tells the life of a bee hive.

Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who is the chair of the judges, said: "In a year which saw a record number of submissions, my fellow judges and I are delighted with a shortlist which sparkles with energy, passion and freshness and which demonstrates the range and variety of poetry being published in the UK".

Poets Michael Longley and David Morley are also on the judging panel.

Previous winners include Ted Hughes, Duffy herself and Seamus Heaney.

Last year, the prize was marred by controversy after two of the shortlisted poets withdrew from the prize in protest over its sponsorship by investment firm, Aurum Funds.

The firm continues to back the prize this year.

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