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Vladimir Lucien Wins 2015 Bocas Prize with Sounding Ground

Vladimir Lucien's Sounding Ground wins Bocas Prize 2015

St. Lucian poet Vladimir Lucien’s debut collection of poems Sounding Ground (Peepal Tree Press) have now etched itself into history as the 2015 winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Lucien now joins the list of Caribbean writers to have walked away with the prize, and is certainly the youngest of the lot, and only the second poet to have earned the overall prize.  

Two Jamaican writers Olive Senior (Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, UWI Press) who copped the 2015 Prize for non-fiction and Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings, Riverhead) who copped the award for fiction, completed the 2015 shortlist. 

Interestingly, Lucien makes the third St. Lucian to have won the Bocas Prize for poetry which was previously won by his countrymen Derek Walcott in 2011 and Kendell Hippolyte in 2013.

The OCM Bocas Prize carries the impressive overall purse of US$10,000. The 2015 panel of judges was chaired by Austin Clarke. The categories were chaired by Clare Alexander (Fiction), Carolyn Cooper (non-fiction) and Laurence Breiner (Poetry).

The Bocas Prize for Caribbean literature, now in its fifth year has been won by Derek Walcott (White Egrets, 2011), Earl Lovelace (It’s Just a Movie, 2012), Monique Roffey, (Archipelago, 2013), and Robert Antoni (As Flies to Whatless Boys, 2014). 

The 2015 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is the signature award coming out of the Bocas Literary Festival. The 2015 edition of the festival takes place in Port of Spain April 29 - May 3, 2015.