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Instituted in 2006, the Griffin trustees present a Lifetime Recognition Award on a periodic basis to international artists working in poetry.

2021 – Yusef Komunyakaa

LIFETIME RECOGNITION AWARD, 2021 On June 23, 2021, Yusef Komunyakaa received our Lifetime Recognition Award. In this insightful interview with Griffin trustee Sarah Howe, Yusef Komunyakaa shares formative moments of his poetic journey. SARAH HOWE PAYS TRIBUTE TO YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA The winner of this year’s Lifetime Recognition Award, in honour …   Read more


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