Griffin Prize for Excellence In Poetry, The (2001 - )

Index to poems

Biography: 

The Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry is the world’s largest prize for a first-edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English by a living poet and published in the previous year. Chairman Scott Griffin founded the Griffin Trust in April 2000.

Trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry are Margaret Atwood, Carolyn Forché, Scott Griffin, Robert Hass, Michael Ondaatje, Robin Robertson, and David Young.

Every spring, from nominations by publishers, three judges (selected annually by the Trustees) compile a shortlist of up to seven outstanding books of poetry, four International and three Canadian. Winners in these two shortlists are selected unanimously. Beginning in 2006, the Board of Trustees added a Lifetime Achievement Award, open to any poet worldwide. The winners of the International and Canadian prizes receive $65,000 each, and each shortlisted poet who reads at the annual Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings in Toronto receives an additional $10,000. Any living poet resident in Canada can be nominated for the Canadian prize; the International prize is open to any living poet from any country in the world.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Scott Griffin is Chairman and Director of two Canadian manufacturing firms: General Kinetics Engineering Corporation (Brampton, Ontario), and Advance Precision Ltd. (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). Since 2002, he chairs the House of Anansi Press / Groundwood Books. He is a director of Canadian Executive Services Overseas (CESO) and of African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) Canada. His book My Heart is Africa (2006) describes the two years of his life that he worked for the Flying Doctors Service in Africa. Recently Scott Griffin founded a poetry-recitation competition for children in twelve Ontario schools.

Griffin Prize judges and shortlisted poets in all categories from 2001 to the present follow.

  • Adonis: International Shortlist 2011
  • Yehuda Amichai: International Shortlist 2001
  • Simon Armitage: Judge 2005
  • John Ashbery: Winner, International Shortlist 2008
  • Margaret Avison: Winner, Canadian Shortlist 2003
  • Babstock, Ken: Canadian Shortlist 2007
  • Robin Blaser: Winner, Canadian Shortlist 2008, Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award 2006
  • Yves Bonnefoy: Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award 2011
  • Roo Borson: Winner, Canadian Shortlist 2005
  • George Bowering: Canadian Shortlist 2005, Judge 2008
  • Dionne Brand: Winner, Canadian Shortlist 2011, Canadian Shortlist 2003, Judge 2002
  • Di Brandt: Canadian Shortlist 2004
  • Kamau Brathwaite: Winner, International Shortlist 2006
  • Robert Bringhurst: Canadian Shortlist 2001
  • Nicole Brossard: Canadian Shortlist 2008
  • Suzanne Buffam: Canadian Shortlist 2011
  • John Burnside: Judge 2007
  • Christian Bök: Canadian Shortlist 2002
  • Anne Carson: Winner, Canadian Shortlist 2001; Judge 2010
  • Paul Celan: Winner, International Shortlist 2001
  • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: Winner, International Shortlist 2010
  • Billy Collins: Judge 2004
  • Pura López Colomé: Judge 2008
  • Kevin Connolly: Canadian Shortlist 2009
  • Robert Creeley: Judge 2002
  • Victor Hernandez Cruz: International Shortlist 2002
  • Jeramy Dodds: Canadian Shortlist 2009
  • Hans Magnus Enzensberger: Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award 2009
  • Elaine Equi: International Shortlist 2008
  • Paul Farley: International Shortlist 2007
  • Carolyn Forché: Judge 2001
  • John Glenday: International Shortlist 2010
  • Louise Glück: International Shortlist 2010
  • Lavinia Greenlaw: Judge 2006
  • LeslieGreentree: Canadian Shortlist 2004
  • Durs Grunbein: International Shortlist 2006
  • Kate Hall: Canadian Shortlist 2010
  • Phil Hall: Canadian Shortlist 2006
  • Saskia Hamilton: Judge 2009
  • David Harsent: International Shortlist 2008
  • Seamus Heaney: International Shortlist 2011
  • Michael Hofmann: Judge 2002
  • Fanny Howe: International Shortlist 2001, 2005
  • Mick Imlah: International Shortlist 2009
  • François Jacqmin: International Shortlist 2011
  • Kathleen Jamie: International Shortlist 2003, Judge 2010
  • Rodney Jones: International Shortlist 2007
  • Suji Kwock Kim: International Shortlist 2004
  • David Kirby: International Shortlist 2004
  • August Kleinzahler: Winner, International Shortlist 2004
  • James Lasdun: Judge 2008
  • Dennis Lee (1939-): Judge 2001
  • Sylvia Legris: Winner, Canadian Shortlist 2006
  • Tim Lilburn: Judge 2011
  • Christopher Logue: International Shortlist 2002
  • Michael Longley: Judge 2003
  • Derek Mahon: International Shortlist 2009
  • Bill Manhire: Judge 2004
  • David McFadden: Canadian Shortlist 2008
  • Don McKay: Winner, Canadian Shortlist 2007, 2001, 2005
  • Dunya Mikhail: International Shortlist 2006
  • A. F. Moritz: Winner, Canadian Shortlist 2009
  • Erín Moure: Canadian Shortlist 2002, 2006, Judge 2005
  • Paul Muldoon: Winner, International Shortlist 2003, Judge 2001
  • Les Murray: International Shortlist 2001, 2002
  • Alice Notley: Winner, International Shortlist 2002
  • Dennis O'Driscoll: Judge 2009
  • Sharon Olds: Judge 2003
  • P. K. Page: Canadian Shortlist 2003, 2010
  • Michael Palmer: International Shortlist 2006
  • Carl Phillips: Judge 2010
  • Michael Redhill: Judge 2009
  • Adrienne Rich: Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award 2010
  • Michael Symmons Roberts: International Shortlist 2005
  • Lisa Robertson: Judge 2006
  • Matthew Rohrer: International Shortlist 2005
  • Valérie Rouzeau: International Shortlist 2010
  • Tomaz Šalamun: Judge 2005
  • Gjertrud Schnackenberg: International Shortlist 2011
  • Frederick Seidel: International Shortlist 2007
  • Charles Simic: Winner, International Shortlist 2005, Judge 2007
  • Anne Simpson: Winner, Canadian Shortlist 2004
  • Louis Simpson: International Shortlist 2004
  • Karen Solie: Winner, Canadian Shortlist 2010, 2002, Judge 2007
  • John Steffler: Canadian Shortlist 2011
  • Gerald Stern: International Shortlist 2003
  • Sharon Thesen: Judge 2003
  • Colm Toíbín: Judge 2011
  • Tomas Tranströmer: Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award 2007
  • Chase Twichell: Judge 2011
  • Ko Un: Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award 2008
  • Priscila Uppal: Canadian Shortlist 2007
  • César Vallejo: International Shortlist 2008
  • Phyllis Webb: Judge 2004
  • Eliot Weinberger: Judge 2006
  • C.D. Wright: Winner, International Shortlist 2009, 2003
  • Charles Wright: Winner, International Shortlist 2007
  • Dean Young: International Shortlist 2009
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First RPO Edition: 
2011