Jamaican Poet ‘Lorna Goodison’ wins Yale University Award and US$165,000

Jamaican Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison won an award yesterday as she was one of the distinguished writers 2018 recipients of the Windham-Campbell Prizes announced by Yale University.

An amount of US$165,000.00 was given to each of the eight recipients, as individual prizes to support their literary promise or achievement and their writing.

Goodison has been very thankful for the award, she says it will allow her to have precious time and space to continue writing. I’m honored, and I turn thanks on behalf of me and my people.”
“This wonderful award will allow me precious time and space to continue my writing,” said Goodison. “I am honoured, and I turn thanks on behalf of me and my people.”

With books ranging from fiction Turn Thanks, To Us, I Am Becoming My Mother, From Harvey River, All Flowers Are Roses and Controlling The Silver, to her most recent, book of poetry, which is simply called “Collected Poems”, Goodison has been doing well as a writer.

The other recipients are in drama, Susan Lori Parks (United States) Lucas Hnath (United States) in non-fiction, Sarah Bakewell (United Kingdom) , John Keene (United States), Olivia Laing (United Kingdom), Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda/United Kingdom) and Cathy Park Hong (United States).

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