St. Lucian poet Vladimir Lucien will be the 2016 Writer in Residence at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Lucien, who’s debut collection Sounding Ground won the 2015 Bocas Caribbean Prize for Literature and was recently shortlisted for the Guyana Caribbean Prize for poetry, will be the first non-Jamaican to hold the post.
Now in its fourth year, the Writer in Residence programme, run by the Department of Literatures in English, was introduced in 2013 with Forward Prize-winning poet, novelist and essayist Kei Miller (The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, There is an Anger That Moves, The Same Earth, The Last Warner Woman, Writing Down the Vision).
Celebrated novelist Erna Brodber (Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home, Louisiana, Myal, Nothing’s Mat) held the post in 2014 and the programme’s first filmmaker in residence, Storm Saulter (Better Mus Come, Tied, Dark Morass) took over in 2015.
So, Lucien, who is the first poet to take up the post since Miller’s tenure in 2013, has some impressive shoes to fill.
Currently one of the rising voices in Caribbean poetry, Lucien’s work has appeared in The Caribbean Review of Books, Small Axe, Wasafiri, PN Review, Caribbean Beat and BIM magazine.
Lucien will take up his post in January. During his tenure Lucien will engage in teaching as well as public readings.