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Cave Canem Poetry Prize

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Launched in 1999 with Rita Dove’s selection of Natasha Trethewey’s Domestic Work, this first-book award is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by black poets of African descent. View previous Prize Winning Books.

2018 Winner

Malcolm Tariq (by Hao Feng, August 2017)Selected by judge Chris Abani, Malcolm Tariq is the 2018 winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for his manuscript Heed the Hollow, which will be published by Graywolf Press in fall 2019. Tariq receives $1,000, publication by Graywolf Press, 10 complimentary copies of the book and a feature reading in New York City.

Malcolm Tariq is a Cave Canem Fellow from Savannah, Georgia and the author of Extended Play, winner of the 2017 Gertrude Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. He was a 2016-2017 playwriting apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company and is the recipient of a 2018 Ethel Woolson Lab from Working Title Playwrights. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in CURA, Vinyl, HEArt Online, Nepantla, Tinderbox, Blueshift Journal, and The Iowa Review. A graduate of Emory University, Malcolm has a PhD in English from the University of Michigan.

Honorable Mention: Hope Wabuke for The Body Family

Funder: National Endowment for the Arts