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Ladan Osman Wins 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize For African Poets

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The African Poetry Book Fund and Prairie Schooner are proud to announce Ladan Osman as the winner of the 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets! Osman will receive a $1,000 cash prize and her collection, The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony, will be published by the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal.

Here’s what Ladan herself had to say about winning the Sillerman prize:

I deeply appreciate this prize. I have so badly just wanted a chance to work, to be apparent to people in life and in poems.

A bunch of things happened in the years spent writing this book: my heart froze and thawed. I struggled in its runoff. Shifting color schemes in dreams. Hair cuts, thumps to the heart. There was a time all the unsayable things were making my throat salty. Maybe I smelled the sea often because there was a little one in me. I'm excited to share what came out of those sometimes rough waters, and look forward to connecting to new readers, new communities.

The Sillerman First Book Prize is awarded to African writers who have not yet published a book-length poetry collection. Click here for the full rules and how to enter.