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Ana Blandiana to be honoured with $15K lifetime achievement award for excellence in poetry

The Romanian poet and activist will receive The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry's Lifetime Recognition Award in June 2018.
Ana Blandiana is a Romanian poet, essayist and political figure. (Wikimedia Commons)

Acclaimed Romanian lyric poet, essayist and translator Ana Blandiana will be honoured with the $15,000 Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry's Lifetime Recognition Award in 2018.

Known internationally as one of Romania's most outstanding poets, Blandiana has published 14 books of poetry, two short story collections, seven books of essays and one novel. Her work has been translated into 26 languages and collected in 47 books of poetry and prose to date.

Blandiana is known for her outspoken poems and views on social and political issues, particularly her opposition stance to Nicolae Ceaușescu's communist regime in her home country during the 1970s and 1980s. Over the years, her works have become symbols of an ethical consciousness that refuse to be silenced by a totalitarian government.

Awarded since 2006, the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry's Lifetime Recognition Award pays tribute to the work and achievements of international artists working in poetry. Past recipients include Canadian Robin Blaser, Ko Un of South Korea, St. Lucia's Derek Walcott and American Frank Bidart.

The Griffin Poetry Prize is Canada's richest poetry prize and is the world's largest prize for a single poetry collection in English. In addition to the Lifetime Recognition Award, the annual prize awards two literary prizes of $65,000 each and an additional $10,000 to each shortlisted poet who reads at the annual Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings in Toronto.​

Blandiana will accept the award at the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings in June of next year.

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