Ugandan-Canadian Bitek wins Glenna Luschei literary prize

Ugandan-Canadian poet Juliane Okot Bitek has been named the winner of the African Poetry Book Fund’s 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • Okot Bitek set out to memorialise the tragedy of the Rwandan genocide, but the witnessing force of these brief, incantatory poems ripples outward to figuratively encompass multiple histories of violence and brutality, including the terror her own family and countless others faced under Idi Amin’s regime in Uganda.

Ugandan-Canadian poet Juliane Okot Bitek has been named the winner of the African Poetry Book Fund’s 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Juliane (pictured) was born in 1982 in Nairobi to Ugandan parents, Caroline and Okot p’Bitek.

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