Mary Noonan and Julia Copus on Walcott shortlist

Poetry Society Members Mary Noonan and Julia Copus are included on the shortlist for the first annual Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry – to be awarded to a full-length book of poems by a living poet who is not a US citizen published in the previous calendar year.

The 2019 short list is:

• T.O. Bobe, Curl (Sean Cotter, translator, Wakefield Press, US)
• Julia Copus, Girlhood (Faber&Faber, UK)
• Douglas Walbourne-Gough, Crow Gulch (Icehouse Poetry-Goose Lane Editions, CA)
• Legna Rodriguez Iglesias, A Little Body Are Many Parts (Abigail Parry and Serafina Vick, translators, Bloodaxe, UK)
• Adelaide Ivanova, the hammer and other poems (Rachel Long and Francisco Vilhena, translators, Poetry Translation Center, UK)
• Nick Laird, Feel Free (Norton, USA)
• Ye Lijun, My Mountain Country (Fiona Sze-Lorrain, translator, World Poetry Books, US)
• Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Selected Poems and Translations (New York Review of Books, US)
• Kei Miller, In Nearby Bushes (Carcanet, UK)
• Mary Noonan, Stone Girl (Dedalus, Ireland)
• Roger Robinson, A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree, UK)
• Karen Solie, The Caiplie Caves (Anansi, CA)
• Serhiy Zhadan, What We Live For, What We Die For (Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps, translators, Yale University Press, US)

This year’s winner will be announced in June. 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. In the case of translations, the prize money is to be shared by the poet and the translator.

This year’s prize judge is Glyn Maxwell — a friend and colleague of Derek Walcott, and editor of Walcott’s Selected Poems.

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9 June 2020