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1952

— Discovery Prize (YMHA/92nd St. Y [NY])


1955

— winner, Yale Series of Younger Poets competition
   (judged by W.H. Auden, resulting in publication of Some Trees, 1956)


1955-56; 1956-57

— Fulbright scholarships to France


1959

— Longview Foundation Award in poetry (for "How Much Longer Will I Be Able to Inhabit the Divine Sepulcher..." and "April Fool's Day," published in Big Table magazine, 1959)


1960; 1964

— Poets' Foundation grants


1962; 1972

— Ingram Merrill Foundation grants


1963

— Harriet Monroe Lyric Prize (Poetry magazine)


1966

— Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Poetry Prize (Poetry magazine)


1967

— National Book Award finalist (Rivers and Mountains)


1967; 1973

— Guggenheim Foundation fellowships


1969

— American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Literature


1969; 1970

— National Endowment for the Arts publication awards


1973

— Shelley Memorial Award (Poetry Society of America, for Three Poems)
— Poetry Day Guest of Honor (Modern Poetry Association)


1974

— Frank O'Hara Prize (Modern Poetry Association) (for "Scheherazade," "As You Came from the Holy Land," "A Man of Words," "Grand Galop," and "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror," published in Poetry magazine, 1973-1974)


1976

— Pulitzer Prize (Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror)
— National Book Award (Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror )
— National Book Critics Circle Award (Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror)

(N.B. This was the first time that the three major American literary prizes were all given for the same book.)


1977

— Levinson Prize (Poetry magazine)
*Friends of the Rochester (NY) Public Library Literary Award
— National Book Critics Circle Award finalist (Houseboat Days)


1978

— National Endowment for the Arts Composer/Librettist grant
    (with Elliott Carter, Syringa)


1979-1980

— Rockefeller Foundation grant in playwriting


1979

*D.Litt. (Hon.), Southampton College of Long Island University
*Phi Beta Kappa Poet (Harvard University)
*English-Speaking Union Poetry Award


1980

— elected to membership in the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters


1982

— National Book Award finalist (Shadow Train)
— selected Fellow of the Academy of American Poets


1983

— Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Award (American Poetry Review)
*New York City Mayor's Award of Honor for Arts and Culture
*Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters (Bard College)
— elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


1984

— National Book Critics Circle Award finalist (A Wave)
— Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist (A Wave)
*Poet of the Year (Pasadena City College)
*Literary Lion (New York Public Library)
*Heritage Award (Deerfield Academy Alumni Association)


1985

— Bollingen Prize in Poetry (Yale University Library, for A Wave)
— Wallace Stevens Fellowship (Timothy Dwight College/Yale University)
— Lenore Marshall/The Nation Poetry Prize (A Wave)


1985-1990

— MacArthur Foundation Fellowship


1986

— Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist (Selected Poems)
— Common Wealth Award in Literature (Modern Language Association)


1987

*Golden Plate Award (American Academy of Achievement)
— National Book Critics Circle Award finalist (April Galleons)


1988-1999

*served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets


1989

*Creative Arts Award in Poetry (Medal) (Brandeis University)


1991

*Horst Bienek Prize for Poetry (Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich)


1992

*Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (Poetry/Modern Poetry Association/American Council for      the Arts)
*Antonio Feltrinelli International Prize for Poetry (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei,      Rome)


1993

*Chevalier de L'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (French Ministry of Education and           Culture, Paris)
— Pulitzer Prize finalist (Hotel Lautréamont)


1994

*D.Litt. (Hon.), University of Rochester (New York)


1995

*Robert Frost Medal (Poetry Society of America)
— Jerome J. Shestack Prize (American Poetry Review)


1996

*Grand Prix des Biennales Internationales de Poésie (Brussels; first English      language winner)
*Silver Medal of the City of Paris (France)


1997

— *Gold Medal for Poetry (American Academy of Arts and Letters; the twelfth such      award since they began in 1909)


1998

— Bingham Poetry Prize (Boston Review of Books, for The Mooring of Starting Out:     The First Five Books of Poetry)


2000

— *Walt Whitman Citation of Merit (State of New York/New York State Writers     Institute; serving as New York State Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003)


2001

— Lenore Marshall Prize finalist (Academy of American Poets, Your Name Here)
— *Signet Society Medal for Achievement in the Arts (Signet Associates, Harvard      University)
— *D.Litt. (Hon.), Harvard University
— *Columbia County [NY] Council on the Arts Special Citation for Literature
— *Wallace Stevens Award (Academy of American Poets)


2002

— *Officier, Légion d'Honneur of the Republic of France (by presidential decree)


2003

— *D. Litt. (Hon.), Pace University (NY)


2005

— National Book Award finalist (Where Shall I Wander)


2006

— *April 7th declared "'John Ashbery Day' in the City of New York" by the New York City Council (in conjunction with the New School's John Ashbery Festival, a three-day tribute to his work)
— *Named honorary poet for the Signet Society's Annual Dinner (Harvard University)
— *Elected Foreign Member, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome)


2007

— *Named first-ever Poet Laureate of MtvU television network


2008

— *Robert Creeley Award (Acton Memorial Library; Acton, MA is Creeley's hometown)
— *D. Litt. (Hon.), Yale University (CT)
— Griffin Poetry Prize, International Prize Winner (Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems) (Toronto, Canada)
— *Ambassador Book Award, English-Speaking Union of the United States (for Lifetime Achievement / Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems)
— *The America Awards (Contemporary Arts Educational Project)
— Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation (The Landscapist, by Pierre Martory)


2009

— National Book Critics Circle Award finalist (The Landscapist, by Pierre Martory, translated by John Ashbery)
— *Hadada Award (Paris Review)
— *Harvard Arts Medal (Harvard University)
— *Premio Napoli Special Prize for Career Achievement (Naples, Italy)


2010

— *Best of Brooklyn, Inc. ("BoBi") award (Brooklyn Book Festival)


2011

— *New York State Writers Hall of Fame inductee
— *Medal of the Center for French Civilization and Culture of New York University
— *National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
— 17th Annual Out 100 honoree (Out magazine)
— Equality Forum, LGBT History Month Icon (October 2nd)


2012

— *2011 National Humanities Medal
— Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize finalist (Illuminations, by Arthur Rimbaud)
— *D. Litt. (Hon.), Middlebury College (VT)


2013

— *NYC Literary Honors award in poetry


2014

— *The Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature (National Arts Club [NY])
— Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism finalist (Collected French Translations: Poetry and Collected French Translations: Prose)


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