Zambian-born British poet, Kayo Chingonyi, 31, is the winner of the £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize.
He was selected from a shortlist of six poets for his new book Kumukanda, which interrogates black masculinity.
He is the first British poet to win the prize.
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*2018 WINNER* @KayoChingonyi, author of the magnificent debut poetry collection ‘Kumukanda’ is the tenth recipient of the prestigious £30k prize! Congratulations to Kayo and his publishers @vintagebooks @ChattoBooks from all of us at @SwanseaUni Intl. @dylanthomprize #IDTP18 pic.twitter.com/8YcHUnReFE
— Dylan Thomas Prize (@dylanthomprize) May 10, 2018
The prize, run by the Swansea University, is awarded to poets aged 39 years old or younger.
Chair of judges Dai Smith praised Chingonyi’s “original and distinctive voice”, calling the poetry collection “mature and moving”.
“Unlike many other books by immigrant writers discussing memories of the homeland and the sensations of a new country, Kayo’s volume is not a lamentation for what he imagines has been lost, but it’s a new kind of celebration, albeit a vexed one, of the joys of living in a new country,” said Kurt Heinzelman, a professor and judge of the award.
“It’s wonderful to receive an award in the name of Dylan Thomas, whose work was introduced to me by a really inspirational teacher by the name of Rachel Baroni who introduced me to Under Milk Wood and I’ve been fascinated by his work since then,” Chingonyi said of the prize.