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Instituted in 2006, the trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry presents a Lifetime Recognition Award on a periodic basis to pay tribute to the work and achievements of international artists working in poetry.

Learn more about these distinguished award recipients below.

2021 – Yusef Komunyakaa

On June 23, 2021, The Griffin Trust For Excellence in Poetry announced that Yusef Komunyakaa would receive its 2021 Lifetime Recognition Award. In this insightful …

2019 – Nicole Brossard

On April 24, 2019, The Griffin Trust For Excellence in Poetry announced that French Canadian poet, essayist, and novelist Nicole Brossard would receive its Lifetime …

2018 – Ana Blandiana

On October 11, 2017, The Griffin Trust For Excellence in Poetry announced that Romanian poet, essayist, and political figure Ana Blandiana would receive its Lifetime …

2017 – Frank Bidart

On June 7, 2017, much acclaimed American poet Frank Bidart was honoured with The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry’s Lifetime Recognition Award. Griffin Trustee …

2016 – Adam Zagajewski

On June 1, 2016, esteemed Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist Adam Zagajewski was honoured with The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry’s Lifetime Recognition …

2015 – Derek Walcott

On June 3, 2015, the Griffin Trust For Excellence in Poetry announced that it was honouring Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright Derek Walcott with its …

2014 – Adélia Prado

On June 4, 2014, revered Brazilian writer and poet Adélia Prado was honoured with The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry’s Lifetime Recognition Award. Griffin …

2012 – Seamus Heaney

On June 6, 2012, beloved and much decorated Irish poet, translator and playwright Seamus Heaney was honoured with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s …

2011 – Yves Bonnefoy

On May 31, 2011, revered French poet and essayist Yves Bonnefoy was honoured with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s Lifetime Recognition Award. Carolyn …

2010 – Adrienne Rich

On June 2, 2010, the distinguished American poet, essayist, and feminist Adrienne Rich was honoured with The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry’s Lifetime Recognition …

2009 – Hans Magnus Enzensberger

On June 2, 2009, the respected German author, poet, translator, and editor Hans Magnus Enzensberger was honoured with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s Lifetime …

2008 – Ko Un

On June 3, 2008, the distinguished poet Ko Un was honoured with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s Lifetime Recognition Award. Trustee Robert Hass paid …

2007 – Tomas Tranströmer

On June 5, 2007, The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry bestowed its second Lifetime Recognition Award on the renowned poet Tomas Tranströmer. Griffin trustees Robert …

2006 – Robin Blaser

On May 31st, 2006, the legendary poet Robin Blaser was honoured with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry’s first Lifetime Recognition Award. Trustee Robert Hass …