Griffin Poetry Prize

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The Griffin Poetry Prize is given annually to a poet living in Canada for a collection of poetry written in English or translated into English. Although the Griffin Trust also gives an international prize annually, this list contains only winners and shortlisted poets for the Canadian prize. For more details on the award, visit the official site.

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2015

  • Jane Munro – Blue Sonoma

Also shortlisted:

  • Shane Book – Congotronic
  • Russell Thornton – The Hundred Lives

2014

  • Anne Carson – Red Doc>

Also shortlisted:


2013

  • David W. McFadden – What's the Score?

Also shortlisted:

  • James Pollock – Sailing to Babylon
  • Ian Williams – Personals

2012

  • Ken Babstock – Methodist Hatchet

Also shortlisted:


2011

  • Dionne Brand – Ossuaries

Also shortlisted:

  • Suzanne Buffam – The Irrationalist
  • John Steffler – Lookout

2010

  • Karen Solie – Pigeon

Also shortlisted:

  • Kate Hall – The Certainty Dream
  • P.K. Page – Coal and Roses

2009

Also shortlisted:


2008

  • Robin Blaser – The Holy Forest

Also shortlisted:

  • Robert Majzels and Erin Moure – Notebook of Roses and Civilization (translation of the poems by Nicole Brossard)
  • David McFadden – Why Are You So Sad?

2007

  • Don McKay – Strike/Slip

Also shortlisted:

  • Ken Babstock – Airstream Land Yacht
  • Priscila Uppal – Ontological Necessities

2006

  • Sylvia Legris – Nerve Squall

Also shortlisted:

  • Phil Hall – An Oak Hunch
  • Ern Moure – Little theatres

2005

  • Roo Borson – Short Journey Upriver Towards Oishida

Also shortlisted:

  • George Bowering – Changing on the Fly
  • Don McKay – Camber

2004

  • Anne Simpson – Loop

Also shortlisted:

  • Di Brandt – Now You Care
  • Leslie Greentree – go-go dancing for Elvis

2003

Also shortlisted:

  • Dionne Brand – thirsty
  • P.K. Page – Planet Earth: Poems Selected and New

2002

Also shortlisted:

  • Eirin Moure – Sheep’s Vigil by a Fervent Person
  • Karen Solie – Short Haul Engine

2001

  • Anne Carson – Men in the Off Hours

Also shortlisted:

  • Robert Bringhurst – Nine Visits to the Mythworld (translation of the poems by Ghandl of the Qayahl Llaanas)
  • Don McKay – Another Gravity