Brittle Paper: Mauritian Writer Reena Usha Rungoo Wins the 2024 Commonwealth Prize (Africa Region)

Mauritian writer Reena Usha Rungoo has won the 2024 Commonwealth Prize, Africa region. The 39-year-old is one of five regional winners selected from a record-breaking 7,359 entrants. Facilitated by the Commonwealth Foundation, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction globally. The regional winners receive £2,500 GBP while […]

Los Angeles Review of Books: The Commonsense Critic: A Personal Tribute to Helen Vendler

I TOOK HELEN VENDLER’S course on major British poets at Harvard, but I didn’t become her student until after I left college. I was devoted to her. She was already a giant, “the ‘Colossus’ of poetry criticism,” by the time I met her well over 20 years ago: the first woman to be made a […]

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