Toronto-born wordsmith Anne Carson has won the lucrative Griffin Poetry Prize for her collection Red Doc.
She teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The annual event gives out two $65,000 prizes – one to a Canadian and another to an international poet.
California-based Brenda Hillman was the international winner for Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire.
Toronto businessman Scott Griffin created the honour along with trustees including Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje.
The non-winning finalists each get $10,000.
Judges Robert Bringhurst of Canada, C.D. Wright of the U.S. and Jo Shapcott of Britain chose this year's finalists from 539 books submitted from 40 countries.