Pamphlet Prize Launched to Seek Next Great Poets

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Posted: 4 May 2011

flipped eye publishing, an award-winning small press, is launching the Venture Award - named in memory of Wilfred Alfred Venture, a descendant of composer, actor and writer Ignatius Sancho, and influential mentor in his lifetime - to seek the next generation of great poets through a pamphlet competition.

Launched this month in the run-up to flipped eye publishing's tenth anniversary, the Venture Award will give the winner a £1000 prize as well as publish a pamphlet based on the winning submission of 15 pages of poetry.

In keeping with flipped eye publishing's international and varied output an advisory board, based in North America and the UK, of poets, critics and editors with a keen ear for true innovation, talent and creativity in poetry, has been assembled. It comprises; Dr Nathalie Teitler, a Latin American poetry scholar; Fred D'Aguiar, an award-winning poet and lecturer; Dr Lauri Ramey, a poetry critic, author and scholar; Jeremy Poynting, founder and editor of Peepal Tree Press; and Christian Campbell, a poet, scholar and recent winner of the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. The advisory board will aid the judge, Jacob Sam-La Rose in his selection of the winner of the award.

"We are proud to be going beyond changing the face of poetry pamphlet publishing to administer what we hope will become recognised as a career-defining award," says Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Senior Editor at flipped eye publishing. "We are providing the financing for the prizes and I am personally starting a distance running campaign to raise more funds to secure funds for the next five years and beyond."

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Advisory Board Biographies:

Dr Nathalie Teitler
has a PhD in Latin American poetry and has taught Latin American studies and creative writing at OCA, City Lit, Middlesex University and others. As Project Manager for The Complete Works, the national development programme for advanced Black and Asian poets, she was pivotal in urging mainstream poetry publishers in the UK to reconsider their claims of a universal ‘aesthetic' for selecting work for their catalogues. Nathalie is currently Project Manager at Stream Arts where she oversees a portfolio of projects including Fresh FM, youth led community radio.

Fred D'Aguiar
trained as a psychiatric nurse before reading African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He is the author of six collections of poetry, including Mama Dot (1985), Airy Hall (1989; winner of the Guyana Poetry Prize), Bill of Rights (1998; shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize) and the recent Continental Shelf (Carcanet, 2009), a Poetry Book Society Choice. Fred is also a playwright and the author of four novels, the first of which, The Longest Memory (Pantheon, 1994), won both the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. He was Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge University from 1989-90 and is currently Professor Of English and Gloria D. Smith Professor Of Africana Studies at Virginia Tech State University.

Dr Lauri Ramey was founding Curator of the African American Poetry Archive at Hampton University, and founding Director of the UK's first BA Creative Writing program at the University of Bedfordshire. At California State University at Los Angeles, she directs the British Council's Writer in Residence Program, served as Founding Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, and was faculty adviser to the issue of Statement Magazine which won the 2008 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) National Program Directors' Prize in Content.

Jeremy Poynting did a first degree in English at Leeds University and later set up Peepal Tree Press, the UK's leading publisher of Caribbean and Black British literature, shortly after completing his PhD thesis. Jeremy's academic writing, mainly on Indo-Caribbean literature, is published widely in journals such as Kyk, The New Voices, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Journal of South Asian Literature, Toronto South Asian Review et al.

Christian Campbell
studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and received a PhD at Duke University. His poetry and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies such as Callaloo, Indiana Review, New Caribbean Poetry, New Poetries IV, PN Review, Poetry London, Small Axe, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, Wasafiri and West Branch. An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto, he is the author of Running the Dusk, which was a finalist for the Cave Canem Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the Best First Book in the UK and was awarded the 2010 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.


Source: flipped eye publishing

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