Safiya Sinclair, a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California, has received the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry. Prairie Schooner is a national literary journal which was founded in 1926. It currently is housed within the department of English at the University of Nebraska and is published with the cooperation of the University of Nebraska Press.
As a winner of the prize, Sinclair will receive a cash award and her winning manuscript, Cannibal, will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in September 2016.
Sinclair, a native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, is the author of Catacombs (Argos Books, 2011), a chapbook of poetry and essays. She is a graduate of Bennington College in southwestern Vermont. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Virginia and is currently completing work on a doctoral degree in literature and creating writing at the University of Southern California.