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Hillman, Carson Awarded 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize

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Griffin winners and Scott Griffin

At a ceremony in Toronto on June 5, the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize was awarded to Brenda Hillman, who won the international prize, and Anne Carson, who received the Canadian prize.

Over 500 books were submitted to the distinguished award, which is the largest of its kind and has become one of the most influential literary prizes in the world. Judges Robert Bringhurst (Canada), Jo Shapcott (UK) and C.D. Wright (USA) selected Carson's Red Doc> (Jonathan Cape, McClelland & Stewart) and Hillman's Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (Wesleyan University Press) after whittling the submissions a short list of four (international) and three (Canadian) titles.

Anne Caron previously won the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2001 for her collection Men in the Off Hours. Her other awards include the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry (the first woman to win that award) and the Pushcart Prize, as well as being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and many others. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.

Brenda Hillman has won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry, two Pushcart Prizes and been longlisted for the National Book Award. She has been awarded several fellowships including those from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and a Holloway Fellowship from the University of California at Berkeley. She also works as a translator.

Each of the winners received $65,000 as part of her prize.

The Griffin Prize was created by Scott Griffin, who established the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry to honour outstanding literary talent. The Trust was established in 2000 by Mr. Griffin, along with founding trustees Margaret Atwood, Robert Hass, Michael Ondaatje, Robin Robertson and David Young.

Excerpts of both Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire and Red Doc> are available on the Griffin Prize website.

Photo courtesy of the Griffin Prize website

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