Windham-Campbell Prizes Literary Festival 2017
September 6, 2017 • Nutmeg News

The Windham-Campbell Prizes has published the full schedule for its fifth annual festival (September 13-15). Karl Ove Knausgård, whose newest book, Autumn (August 22, Penguin Press) begins a new autobiographical quartet based on seasons, will deliver the Windham-Campbell Lecture at the prize ceremony on September 13th at 5pm at Sprague Hall, located at 470 College Street on the Yale campus in New Haven. The lecture will be published by Yale University Press as part of the “Why I Write” series, which debuts in print this fall with Patti Smith’s Devotion. All events are free and open to the public.

Highlights of the festival include prize recipients in conversation with invited guest literary interviewers, including Erna Brodber in conversation with Claudia Rankine, and a panel on ancestors moderated by Min Jin Lee; playwrights Marina Carr and Ike Holter in conversation with Oscar-winner and inaugural Windham-Campbell recipient Tarell Alvin McCraney; and “Art in the Age of Trump” with legendary editor Erroll McDonald.

“There much to be excited about this year, our fifth,” said prize director Michael Kelleher. “Seeing someone like Tarell Alvin McCraney, who has achieved so much since receiving the inaugural drama prize, give you a sense of the kind of impact a prize like this can have. But it also shows that the prize is as much about community as it is about accolades. We are thrilled to have him at Yale.”

This year’s Windham-Campbell Prize recipients are: in fiction, André Alexis and Erna Brodber; in nonfiction, Maya Jasanoff and Ashleigh Young; in poetry, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Carolyn Forché; and in drama, Marina Carr and Ike Holter.

The Windham-Campbell Prizes are global anglophone literary awards that call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. The next winners will be announced on March 7, 2018.

For a full listing of Festival events, visit:

The Windham Campbell Prizes are administered by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which houses the Donald Windham and Sandy M. Campbell Papers. For more information, visit, or contact Lauren Cerand, (917) 533-0103.

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