Stephen Symons Given Honourable Mention for 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

10 Jan 2018
Stephen Symons Given Honourable Mention for 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

Congratulations to PEN SA member Stephen Symons for garnering an honourable mention for the 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. His debut collection Questions for the Sea, published in 2016 by uHlanga, was lauded by judge John Keene as a “collection of finely crafted lyrical poems, offering revelatory glimpses into the lives of contemporary white, middle-class South Africans.”

The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, funded by literary philanthropist and poet Glenna Luschei and the only pan-African book prize of its kind, promotes African poetry written in English or in translation by recognizing a significant book published each year by an African poet.

The award was won by Juliane Okot Bitek, born in Kenya to Ugandan parents, for her collection 100 Days (University of Alberta Press, 2016). Timothy Ogene’s Descent & Other Poems (Deerbrook Editions, 2016) garnered the other honourable mention.

View more about the prizewinners and the Glenna Luschei Prize at the African Poetry Book Fund website.

(Image courtesy of the Centre for Curating the Archive)

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