Poets We Admire

We're pleased to present the many exciting poets who have been associated with the Griffin Poetry Prize since its inception in 2000 - from our trustees to Lifetime Recognition award recipients, judges and those whose works have won or been shortlisted for the prize. We've linked to articles, profiles, reviews, publisher sites and poet pages for more information and insights.
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"Those who have no wings / Bustle round the cloakroom to collect them. / Those who do have wings / Very carefully zip them up." Ana Blandiana, 2018 Lifetime Recognition Award

"Those who have no wings / Bustle round the cloakroom to collect them. / Those who do have wings / Very carefully zip them up." Ana Blandiana, 2018 Lifetime Recognition Award

"Maybe holding back / is just another kind // of need. I am a blue / plum in the half-light." Sarah Howe, Griffin Poetry Prize 2018 judge

"Maybe holding back / is just another kind // of need. I am a blue / plum in the half-light." Sarah Howe, Griffin Poetry Prize 2018 judge

"I'd like to think I'm a different person / latent image fading // around the edges and ears / Overall a tighter face / now." Ben Lerner, Griffin Poetry Prize 2018 judge

Ben Lerner: ‘People say, “Oh, here’s another Brooklyn novel by a guy with glasses”’

"I'd like to think I'm a different person / latent image fading // around the edges and ears / Overall a tighter face / now." Ben Lerner, Griffin Poetry Prize 2018 judge

What none knows is when, not if. / Now that your life nears its end / when you turn back what you see / is ruin." Frank Bidart, 2017 Lifetime Recognition Award

What none knows is when, not if. / Now that your life nears its end / when you turn back what you see / is ruin." Frank Bidart, 2017 Lifetime Recognition Award

"Do not hold it against me / if I am the shadow / that light feeds on" Donald Nicholson-Smith, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"Do not hold it against me / if I am the shadow / that light feeds on" Donald Nicholson-Smith, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"Ne m'en veux pas / d'être l'ombre / dont se repaît la lumière" Abdellatif Laâbi, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"Ne m'en veux pas / d'être l'ombre / dont se repaît la lumière" Abdellatif Laâbi, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"They can wait for you to join them / as soon as you will; you'll soon gang up // to poke and give some new grief to / whoever, left living, once loved you." Denise Riley, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"They can wait for you to join them / as soon as you will; you'll soon gang up // to poke and give some new grief to / whoever, left living, once loved you." Denise Riley, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"no talk of rain that night / only concern for smoke // where fire found a home / from a knife drop silence" Jordan Abel, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian winner

"no talk of rain that night / only concern for smoke // where fire found a home / from a knife drop silence" Jordan Abel, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian winner

"Let me never lose hold of this shape / Let me never lose" Hoa Nguyen, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"Let me never lose hold of this shape / Let me never lose" Hoa Nguyen, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"Umbral / fear departing as soon as it's spoken / We turned toward your haunting / a sallowed / Rustle / rustle." Sandra Ridley, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"Umbral / fear departing as soon as it's spoken / We turned toward your haunting / a sallowed / Rustle / rustle." Sandra Ridley, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

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