Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Clifton Gachagua is the winner of the 2013 Sillerman First Book Prize.
"The winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for 2013 is Clifton Gachagua for his manuscript Madman at Kilifi. He will receive a USD $1,000 prize and publication by the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal."
The famous Ghanaian-born Jamaican-American poet, Kwame Dawes, praises the manuscript thus:
"I believe this is an original voice. This manuscript achieves what is necessary in African poetry: it feels as African as Africanness can be, and wholly contemporary and in our moment.”
Congratulations to you, Clifton.