Griffin Poetry Prize

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Griffin Poetry Prize
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Awarded for Canadian and International awards for poetry written in or translated into English
Country Canada
Presented by Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry and Scott Griffin
First awarded 2001
Official website http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com

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.[1]

Effective 2010, the annual Griffin Poetry Prize was doubled from CAD$100,000 to CAD$200,000 in recognition of the prize’s tenth anniversary.[2] [3] The increased amount of $100,000 will be awarded as follows: CAD$10,000 to each of the seven shortlisted – four international and three Canadian – for their participation in the shortlist readings. The winners, announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards evening, will be awarded CAD$65,000 each, for a total of CAD$75,000 that includes the CAD$10,000 awarded at the readings the previous evening.[4]

History[edit]

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.[5] 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.

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.

In November 2010, Scott Griffin announced a new Griffin Trust initiative called Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie, a bilingual recitation contest for high school students across Canada.[6] [7]

Finalists, Judges and Lifetime Recognition Recipients[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted with bold.

2001[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Guest performer at awards ceremony: Gord Downie

2002[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Guest host at awards ceremony: Albert Schultz

2003[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Guest speaker at awards ceremony: Heather McHugh

2004[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

2005[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Guest speaker at awards ceremony: August Kleinzahler

2006[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Lifetime Recognition Award (presented by the Griffin trustees) to Robin Blaser

Guest speaker at awards ceremony: Simon Armitage

2007[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Lifetime Recognition Award (presented by the Griffin trustees) to Tomas Tranströmer

Guest speaker at awards ceremony: Matthew Rohrer

2008[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Lifetime Recognition Award (presented by the Griffin trustees) to Ko Un[12]

Guest speaker at awards ceremony: Paul Farley

2009[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Lifetime Recognition Award (presented by the Griffin trustees) to Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Guest speaker at awards ceremony: James Wood

2010[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Lifetime Recognition Award (presented by the Griffin trustees) to Adrienne Rich

Guest speaker at awards ceremony: Glyn Maxwell

2011[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Lifetime Recognition Award (presented by the Griffin trustees) to Yves Bonnefoy

Guest performer at awards ceremony: Jonathan Welstead, Poetry In Voice recitation champion

2012[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Lifetime Recognition Award (presented by the Griffin trustees) to Seamus Heaney

Guest performer at awards ceremony: Alexander Gagliano, Poetry In Voice recitation champion

2013[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Guest performer at awards ceremony: Kyla Kane, Poetry In Voice recitation champion

Guest speaker at awards ceremony: Pura López Colomé

2014[edit]

Canada:

International:

Judges:

Lifetime Recognition Award (presented by the Griffin trustees) to Adelia Prado

Guest performer at awards ceremony: Khalil Mair, Poetry In Voice recitation champion

Guest speaker at awards ceremony: August Kleinzahler

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