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McCallum's MADWOMAN selected to shortlist for OCM Boca prize, winning poetry category

McCallum's MADWOMAN selected to shortlist for OCM Boca prize, winning poetry category

“For the first time in the eight-year history of the prize, the shortlist consists of just two books: poetry winner Madwoman, by Shara McCallum, and fiction winner Curfew Chronicles, by Jennifer Rahim.” The title poem from Madwoman titled “Madwoman Apocrypha” appears in the Gettysburg Review’s Summer 2016 issue.

The two shortlisted titles now enter a final round of judging for the overall award of $10,000. The final judging panel consists of Jamaican Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison, UK based TT poet Vahni Capildeo, UWI Cave Hill professor Evelyn O’Callaghan, and writer Judy Raymond.

“Shara McCallum’s Madwoman, published in the UK by Peepal Tree Press and in the US by Alice James Books, is the author’s fifth book of poems.

Drawing on personal and collective memory, McCallum’s poems are an exploration of womanhood,

asking how perspectives and identities evolve over time, in different landscapes, in response to changing desires and traumas. Girlhood, adolescence, motherhood, middle and old age are stages in the growth of both anger and wisdom, charted in urgently lyrical lines.”

About the Gettysburg Review

The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Since its debut in 1988, work by such luminaries as E. L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, James Tate, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall.

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