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Kobus Moolman Shortlisted for the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

Kobus Moolman

Alert! UKZN academic, playwright and poet Kobus Moolmanwho is up for a South African Literary Award tonight – has been named as a finalist in the inaugural Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, for his 2013 collection Left Over.

Time Like StoneSeparating the SeasTilling the Hard SoilLight and AfterLeft Over

Moolman is one of three finalists for the pan-African prize, along with Kadija Sesay, for Irki, and Amu Nnadi, for through the window of a sandcastle.

The announcement was made by the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF), in partnership with the literary journal Prairie Schooner. The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry was established to “promote African poetry written in English or in translation”.

The winner, to be decided by Nigerian poet and novelist Chris Abani, receives $5000 USD and will be announced on December 1.

Moolman won the 2013 Sol Plaatje Europrean Union Award for his poem “Daily Duty”, the 2010 SALA Award for English Poetry, for Separating the Seas, and was the recipient of the 2001 Ingrid Jonker Award for Time like Stone. He is the editor of Tilling the Hard Soil: Poetry, Prose and Art by South African Writers with Disabilities.

Moolman has also been nominated for a South African Literary Award (SALA) for Left Over. The other nominees are Themba Patrick Magaisa, Khulile Nxumalo and Thandi Sliepen, for The Turtle Dove Told Me, which, as Colleen Higgs of Modjaji Books recently told Books LIVE, was edited by Moolman. The SALA ceremony takes place this evening.

Kelwyn Sole said of Left Over: “Kobus Moolman’s elliptical, foreshortened poetry opens up a world of exploration and heightened experience from which the reader eventually emerges, chastened but delighted. These are poems of acumen, depth and extraordinary pressure.”

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Image courtesy of Kobus Moolman’s website


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    November 8th, 2014 @21:20 #

    Amazing recognition for an amazing poet. Well done, Kobus!


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