Shout out to Trinidadian-Tobagonian poet Shivanee Ramlochan who with Everyone Knows I am a Haunting has copped a nomination for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Shivanee has written for a number of years about the writing of others offering critiques of new and classic works in Caribbean Beat (also Caribbean Review of Books), at the Paper-Based bookshop’s blog (she’s also blogged for the Bocas lit fest), on her own platform Novel Niche, the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, and likely other places. And now she’s out there in a big way.
She is in position to join other recent Forward Prize winners from the Caribbean including Best Collection winners Vahni Capildeo of Trinidad and Tobago (2016), Claudia Rankine of Jamaica (2015), Kei Miller of Jamaica (2014), and Best First Collection winner Tiphanie Yanique of the US Virgin Islands (2016). Richard Georges of the British Virgin Islands (who recently released the latest edition of Moko, the pan-Caribbean online literary journal that he co-founded) was a Best First Collection nominee in 2017.
ETA: Ooops, shout out as well to T & T’s Vahni Capildeo who is once again up for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Dope.
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