This is still so unreal to me. Both a dream prize and a dream press. Excited and very nervous about the next year. Very thankful for the support and encouragement from Cave Canem and Graywolf Press. When I’m feeling doubtful I still go back and read Chris’s very kind citation in the announcement. From the Cave Canem website:
Cave Canem congratulates Malcolm Tariq, whose manuscript Heed the Hollow has been selected by prize judge Chris Abani as winner of the 2018 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Abani notes that the collection
“charts a neglected history, re-inscribing a loved and loving black body into a narrative of excavation. These poems are lyrically complex, charged, artfully and erotically made. It’s a rare and exciting debut.”
Tariq will receive $1,000, publication by Graywolf Press in fall 2019, complimentary copies of the book and a feature reading in New York City. Poet Hope Wabuke has been named honorable mention for her manuscript, The Body Family.
Launched in 1999 with Rita Dove’s selection of Natasha Trethewey’s Domestic Work, the Cave Canem Poetry Prize is a first-book award dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by Black poets of African descent.