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Alex Wong's Poems Without Irony shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize

Thursday, 29 Jun 2017

No Text We're delighted to announce that Alex Wong's Poems Without Irony was shortlisted for the 2017 Roehampton Poetry Prize!

The winning collection of the third annual Prize was Denise Riley's Say Something Back, published by Picador. Other shortlisted titles included Emily Berry’s Stranger, Baby (Faber & Faber), Selima Hill’s The Magnitude of Sublime Existence (Bloodaxe), and Wayne Holloway-Smith’s Alarum (Bloodaxe).

The award was founded by the University of Roehampton’s Department of English and Creative Writing to support poets of every nationality and age who live and work in Britain during the year their books were published. This year’s judges were Ahren Warner and Elaine Feinstein and the prize was chaired by Professor Fiona Sampson MBE, Director of the Roehampton Poetry Centre.

Chair, Fiona Sampson commented, 'The exciting shortlist we came up with may be seen as uncompromising; it certainly reflects no compromises. We were delighted to find that we had picked three young poets – with two debuts among them – and two women still at the height of their extraordinary powers after decades of poetry.'

Elaine Feinstein further added, 'In Poems without Irony, Alex Wong finds an extraordinarily new rhetoric for his love poetry.'

Poems Without Irony was also shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry First Full Collection Prize earlier this month.

Congratulations Alex!

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