The Editorial Board of The Caribbean Writer has awarded Jamaica-born poet and short story writer, Geoffrey Philp, the Daily News Prize for his poem, “Erzulie’s Daughter.” A talented writer in many genres, Mr. Philp has also won the Canute Brodhurst Prize for his short story, “Uncle Obadiah and the Alien.” The prize winning poem is included in Philp’s upcoming collection of poems, Dub Wise, which will published in Spring 2010 by Peepal Tree Press.
“Erzulie’s Daughter” was one of those poems that came almost like a gift,” said Philp. “Once I imagined this girl-woman, who while her parents are forcing her to conform, she is figuring out her identity, I just knew she would have to emerge victorious because she is the archetypal daughter of one of the most compelling figures of Haitian/Caribbean mythology—an area in our literature that has been neglected for a long time”
The Caribbean Writer, published by the University of the Virgin Islands, is an international literary anthology with a Caribbean focus, publishing poetry, short fiction, personal essays, one-act plays, translations, book reviews, and interviews. Its primary mission is to encourage quality writing in the Caribbean and to provide an outlet for the development of Caribbean writers no matter where they live.