Yale University, New Haven, Tuesday May 2, 2023: Today, the Windham-Campbell Prizes have announced a podcast partnership with literary website Lit Hub.
The podcast series will comprise of eight episodes – each featuring one of this year’s recipients: for Fiction, Percival Everett, and Ling Ma; for Nonfiction, Susan Williams and Darran Anderson; for Drama, Dominique Morisseau and Jasmine Lee-Jones; and for Poetry, Alexis Pauline Gumbs and dg nanouk okpik.
Hosted by Michael Kelleher, Director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes, each episode will take as its starting point a work selected by this year’s recipients and will also see the writers reflect on their careers to date and give insights into their writing lives.
The first episode – featuring Darran Anderson discussing Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino – launches today, with a new episode landing every two weeks.
Previous recipients include Tsitsi Dangarembga (Fiction, Zimbabwe, 2022), Margo Jefferson (Nonfiction, United States, 2022), Vivian Gornick (Nonfiction, United States, 2021), Bhanu Kapil (Poetry, United Kingdom, 2020), Kwame Dawes (Poetry, United States, Jamaica, Ghana, 2019), Cathy Park Hong (Poetry, United States, 2018), Lorna Goodison (Poetry, Jamaica/Canada, 2018), Suzan-Lori Parks (Drama, United States, 2018), Marina Carr (Drama, Ireland, 2017), C. E. Morgan (Fiction, United States, 2016), Helen Garner (Nonfiction, Australia, 2016), Edmund de Waal (Nonfiction, United Kingdom, 2015), Teju Cole (Fiction, United States/Nigeria, 2015), Helon Habila (Fiction, Nigeria, 2015), Pankaj Mishra (Fiction, India, 2014), Jeremy Scahill (Nonfiction, United States, 2013) and James Salter (Fiction, United States, 2013).
The Prizes were the brainchild of lifelong partners Donald Windham and Sandy M. Campbell. The couple were deeply involved in literary circles, collected books avidly, read voraciously as well as penning various works. For years they had discussed the idea of creating an award to highlight literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. When Campbell passed away unexpectedly in 1988, Windham took on the responsibility for making this shared dream a reality. The first prizes were announced in 2013.
The Prizes are administered by Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and nominees for the Prizes are considered by judges who remain anonymous before and after the prize announcement. Recipients write in the English language and may live in any part of the world.
The podcast is available https://link.chtbl.com/wcpodcast or via your preferred platform.