Saddiq Dzukogi, Lorna Goodison on Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry 22 shortlist

Saddiq Dzukogi and Lorna Goodison are on the shortlist for the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry 2022 announced on July 20, 2022.

The Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry is awarded by Arrowsmith Press, in conjunction with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and The Walcott Festival in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. It is awarded to a full-length book of poems by a living poet who is not a US citizen published in the previous calendar year. In the case of translations, the prize money is to be shared by the poet and the translator. The first winner of the prize was Julia Copus; Canisia Lubrin won it in 2021.

The prize for 2022 is judged by Carolyn Forché and the team announced the shortlist which featured the following writers of African descent.

  • Your Crib, My Qibla, Saddiq Dzukogi, University of Nebraska Press
  • Mother Muse, Lorna Goodison, Carcanet Press

Saddiq Dzukogi responded with the tweet, “I am stunned and honored that my book Your Crib, My Qibla is on the shortlist of the 2022 Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry. This Minna boy finds himself star-struck by some of the very best. Congratulations to Lorna Goodison, & the other shortlisted poets.”

The winner will be announced on October 13th, 2022. They receive a $1,000 cash award, along with a reading at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in Boston, and a week-long residency at Derek Walcott’s home in either St. Lucia or in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, during the Walcott Festival.