Parrésia Publishers Ltd is pleased to announce that its author, amu nnadi, has just won the 2014 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry for his collection through the window of a sandcastle published by our Origami Books imprint (2013). The collection, amu nnadi’s third, had earlier been shortlisted for the 2013 $100,000 NLNG Prize and won the prestigious Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry in 2013.
He was earlier shortlisted with Kadija Sesay (Senegal) and Kobus Moolman (South Africa).
The Glenna Luschei Prize is administered by the African Poetry Book Fund headquartered at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, USA–the Fund is run by an Editorial Board chaired by international poet and scholar Kwame Dawes. There is also an Advisory Board comprising Laura Sillerman, Glenna Luschei, Suleiman Adebowale, Elizabeth Alexander and Russel Goings.
In a press release published HERE on the APBF website, amu nnadi’s winning collection was described in the following words–
Abani says that in reading through the window of a sandcastle, “We come face to face with a truly original voice” that “creates new metaphors, new spaces of being, and new cartographies of the African soul. There are traces here of Christopher Okigbo’s striking vision and voice, of Eliot’s sense of epic, of Walcott’s ability to turn quotidian diction into a song of light, and yet a melancholy, a brilliance, a dance that is all original, all amu nnadi.” Abani calls the poems themselves poems of “remarkable lyric grace” with “a capacious imagination.”
It would be recalled that amu nnadi, apart from numerous poetry readings in Nigeria, has in the last year read his poems in Frankfurt, Germany. He was also in New York, USA where, as a guest of CUNY’s Medgar Evers College Celebrate Africa event, he read to an audience including New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and the first black mayor of New York, David Dinkins.
Two weeks ago, he was a guest at the Ake Book and Arts Festival, directed by Lola Shoneyin, in Abeokuta, Nigeria.
Congratulations amu nnadi, congratulations Nigeria!