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Book awards: Griffin Poetry Prize

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Glottal Stop: 101 Poems by Paul Celan (Wesleyan Poetry) by Paul CelanInternational, 2001
Men in the Off Hours by Anne CarsonCanadian, 2001
Disobedience (Penguin Poets) by Alice NotleyInternational, 2002
Eunoia by Christian BökCanadian, 2002
War Music: A Version of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer's Iliad by Christopher LogueInternational Short List 2002
Concrete and Wild Carrot by Margaret AvisonCanadian, 2003
Moy Sand and Gravel by Paul MuldoonInternational, 2003
Loop by Anne SimpsonCanadian, 2004
Now You Care by Di BrandtShortlisted, 2004
The Strange Hours Travelers Keep: Poems by August KleinzahlerInternational, 2004
Selected Poems by Charles SimicInternational, 2005
Short Journey Upriver toward Oishida by Roo BorsonCanadian, 2005
Born to Slow Horses (Wesleyan Poetry) by Kamau BrathwaiteInternational, 2006
Nerve Squall by Sylvia LegrisCanadian, 2006
Scar Tissue: Poems by Charles WrightInternational, 2007
Strike/Slip by Don McKayCanadian, 2007
The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser by Robin BlaserCanadian, 2008
Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems by John AshberyInternational, 2008
Rising, Falling, Hovering by C. D. WrightInternational, 2009
The Sentinel by A. F. MoritzCanadian, 2009
The Certainty Dream by Kate HallInternational, 2010
Pigeon: Poems by Karen SolieCanadian, 2010
The Sun-fish by Eiléan Ní ChuilleanáinInternational, 2010
Heavenly Questions: Poems by Gjertrud SchnackenbergInternational, 2011
Ossuaries by Dionne BrandCanada, 2011
Methodist Hatchet by Ken BabstockCanada, 2012
Night by David HarsentInternational, 2012
Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me and Other Poems by Ghassan ZaqtanInternational, 2013
What's The Score by David McFaddenCanada, 2013
Red Doc> by Anne CarsonCanada, 2014
Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (Wesleyan Poetry Series) by Brenda HillmanInternational, 2014
Blue Sonoma by Jane MunroCanada, 2015
The Stairwell by Michael LongleyInternational, 2015
Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent by Liz HowardCanada, 2016
The Quotations of Bone by Norman DubieInternational, 2016

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Award description

The Griffin Poetry Prize is Canada's most generous poetry award. It was founded in 2000 by businessman and philanthropist Scott Griffin. The awards go to one Canadian and one international poet who writes in the English language. Each winner receives CAD$50,000.

In April 2000, Scott Griffin started the Griffin Trust to raise public awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in society's cultural life. Griffin served as its Chairman, with Trustees Margaret Atwood, Robert Hass, Michael Ondaatje, Robin Robertson and David Young. In June 2004, Carolyn Forché joined the board of Trustees.

The Trust created the Griffin Poetry Prize with the aim of helping to introduce contemporary collections of poetry to the public's imagination. Originally, the award was two annual prizes of CAD$40,000 each, for collections of poetry published in English during the preceding year. One prize for a living Canadian poet, the other to a living poet from any other country, which could include Canada. Qualified judges are selected annually by the Trustees. The prize shortlists are announced in April (National Poetry Month) every year. The shortlisted poets gather for an evening of public readings every May/June, and the winners are announced and all of the poets are feted the following evening.

In April 2005, Scott Griffin increased the amount of the prize for each of the two winners to CAD$50,000.

Eligible collections of poetry must have been published between January 1 and December 31 of the prior year. Submission must come from the publishers only.


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