We join Peepal Tree Press in congratulating Tiphanie Yanique (from the U.S. Virgin Islands), whose collection Wife (published by Peepal Tree Press) won the Felix Dennis prize for best first collection. Here is PTP’s post:
We are thrilled to announce that the Forward Prize judges have chosen Tiphanie Yanique’s Wife (Peepal Tree Press) as the winner of the UK’s top poetry prize for new poets!
Malika Booker, on behalf of the judges, said: “Tiphanie Yanique’s Wife is above all a generous and witty book, an agile exploration of the many relationships within marriage. She has written a delightful exploration of the tensions and complexity of matrimony, in language that’s deceptively simple.”
The Forward Prizes were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at London’s South Bank Centre on 20 September 2016 (Tiphanie’s birthday!) The best collection prize was awarded to Vahni Capildeo for Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet), and the prize for best single poem went to Sasha Dugdale for ‘Joy’, first published in PN Review.
It’s not the first time a Peepal Tree poet has featured in the Forward prizes, both Loretta Collins Klobah (The Twelve Foot Neon Woman) and Christian Campbell (Running the Dusk) have both made the shortlists before, and in 1995 the prize was won by a young Kwame Dawes with his first collection of poems, Progeny of Air (Peepal Tree Press), so the future looks bright for Tiphanie!
For related previous post, see https://repeatingislands.com/2016/09/20/trinidadian-poet-vahni-capildeo-wins-2016-forward-prize-for-poetry/