Dear Reader:

Welcome to the December 2017 edition of the Windham-Campbell Newsletter, our new monthly missive regarding all things Windham-Campbell. Learn about new projects by prize recipients past and present. Find out what's in store for the 2018 festival. And of course, be the first to know the names of the prize recipients in March, when eight writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama from around the world receive the ($165,000) phone call of a lifetime!

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Marina Carr

Erica Wachs talks with 2017 drama prize recipient Marina Carr about the uses of mythology, the ascendancy of the musical, and her family's summer travels in Greece.

Erica Wachs: What has life been like for you after winning the Windham-Campbell Prize? Are you excited for the festival?

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Ike Holter
Sender in Cape Town

Photo courtesy of Claire Carroll

Claire Carroll talks with 2017 drama prize recipient Ike Holter about winning the Windham-Campbell Prize, millennials, and music.

Claire Carroll: What was your reaction to hearing about your Windham-Campbell win?

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Congratulations to the 2017 Prize Recipients

The director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes at Yale University made the call of a lifetime to eight unsuspecting writers this week, and informed them that they will be recognized with a $165,000 individual prize to support their writing. This year’s recipients of one of the world’s richest literature prizes for the first time include poets, alongside writers of fiction, nonfiction, and drama. The awards will be conferred in September at an international literary festival at Yale, celebrating the honored writers and introducing them to new audiences.

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2016 Windham-Campbell Prize Recipients

The 2016 Windham-Campbell prize recipients at the prize ceremony on September 19, 2016.

Watch highlights from the 2016 Windham-Campbell Prize Festival here, including a clip from Patti Smith's keynote lecture, panel discussions, and prize recipient readings.

Hilton Als, Stanley Crouch, Helen Garner, Tessa Hadley, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, C. E. Morgan, Hannah Moscovitch, and Abbie Spallen read at the 2016 Windham-Campbell Prizes Festival.

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2016 Prizewinners

The Windham-Campbell Prizes at Yale University today announced this year’s nine prize recipients, who are honored for their literary achievements or their potential. The writers–who hail from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, India, and Ireland–were chosen in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and drama. 

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Watch highlights from the 2015 Windham-Campbell Prize Festival here, including Hilton Als's keynote lecture and readings by the Prizewinners. 

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2015 Windham-Campbell Lecture by Hilton Als

Hilton Als delivers the Windham-Campbell Lecture at Sprague Hall, Yale University, on September 28, 2015. Introduced by James Bundy, Dean of the Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of the Yale Repertory Theater. The lecture will be the first publication in a new series by Yale University Press called “Why I Write.”

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Why Write?

The 2015 Windham-Campbell Prize winners answer the question, “Why Write?”

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