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Vahni Capildeo Longlisted for BOCAS Prize!

Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020

No Text Huge congratulations to our author Vahni Capildeo, whose third Carcanet collection Skin Can Hold has been longlisted for the BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Literature in the Poetry division!

Now in its tenth year, and internationally regarded as the leading literary award for Caribbean writers, the OCM Bocas Prize recognises books in three genre categories — poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction — published by Caribbean authors in the preceding year. Women writers dominate the 2020 Prize, accounting for seven of the nine listed books.

In the poetry category, the longlist brings together three writers of the contemporary generation. Honeyfish, Epiphaneia and Skin Can Hold.

The announcement writes: 'Skin Can Hold by Trinidadian-Scottish poet Vahni Capildeo — a former winner of the Forward Prize — “is compelling, dazzling; the book constructs a world in which speakers react to writers and thinkers ranging from Walter Benjamin to Martin Carter to Shakespeare. Its intertextuality is textured by irony and polyvocality, and its inherent hybridity raises the bar for what poetry can formally achieve.”

The winner of the overall Prize of US$10,000 will be announced in May 2020. The 2020 judging panel for the OCM Bocas Prize bring together Caribbean and international writers, academics, and critics. Laurence A. Breiner, literary scholar based at Boston University, chairs the poetry panel, which also includes poets Rajiv Mohabir and Sandeep Parmar.

Well done to all longlisted - we can't wait to see who wins!

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