Prize-winning poet and author
Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the poetry collection Cannibal, winner of a Whiting Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Cannibal won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and was selected as one of the American Library Association 2017 Notable Books. It was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.
Sinclair’s other honors include a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, the Nation, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Oxford American, and elsewhere. Her memoir, How to Say Babylon, is forthcoming.