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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"I have as much at stake / in speaking this / as the water // which also / discloses futurity / in a little black dress" Liz Howard, 2016 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize winner

"I have as much at stake / in speaking this / as the water // which also / discloses futurity / in a little black dress" Liz Howard, 2016 Canadian 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.

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

/ Now that your life nears its end / when you turn back what you see / is ruin.

"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

"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.

"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

"Don't allow the lucid moment to dissolve / On a hard dry substance / you have to engrave the truth" Adam Zagajewski, 2016 Lifetime Recognition Award

"Don't allow the lucid moment to dissolve / On a hard dry substance / you have to engrave the truth" Adam Zagajewski, 2016 Lifetime Recognition Award

"my vessel has been confiscated, and I'm / lost without you." Per Brask, 2016 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"my vessel has been confiscated, and I'm / lost without you." Per Brask, 2016 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"one recent study examined how long people watching Mr. Bean / at the Dentist were able to keep one hand immersed in ice-cold water" Donato Mancini, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"one recent study examined how long people watching Mr. Bean / at the Dentist were able to keep one hand immersed in ice-cold water" Donato Mancini, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"When I die / I’ll just be / Me again – / And soft. // I was will / Have been / Born / A baby" Aisha Sasha John, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Poets of the Month Day 1: Aisha Sasha John

"When I die / I’ll just be / Me again – / And soft. // I was will / Have been / Born / A baby" Aisha Sasha John, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"here, no one is birthed / only pieced together. / i tire myself out / pretending to have a body." Billy-Ray Belcourt, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"here, no one is birthed / only pieced together. / i tire myself out / pretending to have a body." Billy-Ray Belcourt, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"I wish she could have a single day of language, / so that I might reassure her don’t be afraid – / our whole world is dead and so can do you no harm." Natalie Shapero, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"I wish she could have a single day of language, / so that I might reassure her don’t be afraid – / our whole world is dead and so can do you no harm." Natalie Shapero, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"In the brain I spoke about unbrained things hormones and children nursing and nights without a child in the bed." Layli Long Soldier, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"In the brain I spoke about unbrained things hormones and children nursing and nights without a child in the bed." Layli Long Soldier, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"Once when the real world // was our world in its nature // to mind our would world" Susan Howe, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"Once when the real world // was our world in its nature // to mind our would world" Susan Howe, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"(I’ve been rehearsing my speeches all summer / tracing car keys on / paper and calling it poetry)" Tongo Eisen-Martin, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"(I’ve been rehearsing my speeches all summer / tracing car keys on / paper and calling it poetry)" Tongo Eisen-Martin, 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

"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

Poet Sarah Howe, who won both the TS Eliot and the Young Writer of the Year Award this year

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