Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Forward Prize: “Measures of Expatriation” by Vahni Capildeo

Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo has given me a new way of thinking about poetry.

The Forward Prizes in Poetry are given annually by the Forward Arts Foundation in the United Kingdom. They were established in 1992 by philanthropist William Sieghart to “celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience.” The prizes are awarded annually to published poets with works in print in the last year, and are given in three categories – best collection, best first collection, and best published poem.

The prize awards are significant – 15,000 pounds for best collection, 5,000 pounds for best first collection, and 1,000 pounds for best published poem. (At current exchange rates, that’s about $20,000, $6,500, and $1,300, respectively.)

Vahni Capildeo, whose Measures of Expatriation is winner of the prize for best collection, was born in 1973 in Port au Prince, Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to London in 1991.

To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.

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