Julia Copus wins inaugural Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry

Arrowsmith Press, in partnership with The Derek Walcott Festival in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, have announced Poetry Society Member Julia Copus as the winner of the first annual Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry, awarded to a full-length book of poems by a living non-US citizen. Julia’s collection Girlhood was chosen to receive the prize by judge Glyn Maxwell.

The prize includes a $1,000 cash award, along with a reading at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in Boston, the publication of a limited-edition broadside by Arrowsmith Press, and a week-long residency at Derek Walcott’s home in either St. Lucia or in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Julia will give a reading, along with Glyn Maxwell, at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in the spring of 2021. 

Julia’s collection The World’s Two Smallest Humans (Faber) was shortlisted for both the 2012 T S Eliot Prize and Costa poetry prize. Her previous collections, The Shuttered Eye and In Defence of Adultery, were PBS Recommendations. She won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition (2002) and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (2010). In 2011, her sequence of poems about IVF, ‘Ghost’, was adapted as a BBC Radio 3 play entitled Ghost Lines. She is a Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, and in 2008 was made an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter.

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21 August 2020