Leading Jamaican and West Indian poet and writer 70-year-old Lorna Goodison has won a major literary prize.
Goodison, who currently divides her time between Jamaica and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches at the University of Michigan, was one of eight recipients of the Windham-Campbell Prize.
Each writer will each be recognized with a US$165,000 prize to support their writing.
Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale, where the prizes are based.
The prize was established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell.
The prize is among the richest and most prestigious literary prizes in the world.
Lorna Goodison’s poetry draws the reader into a panoramic history of a woman’s life, bearing witness to female embodiment, the colonial legacy, mortality, and the sacred.
She has received many honors, including the Musgrave Medal (1999) and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (1987).
She is also a painter and has illustrated her own book covers as well as exhibiting her artwork in Jamaica and the U.S.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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