Is God Is Writer Aleshea Harris Announced as a Recipient of This Year's Windham-Campbell Drama Prize

Published on Fri 20 Mar 2020

Aleshea Harris, the writer of Is God Is, which was announced in the Royal Court’s season of new work in May 2019, has been awarded this year’s Windham-Campbell Drama Prize.

This year’s recipients of the Windham-Campbell Prizes include an international collection of writers whose challenging work explores pressing political and social themes across identity, culture and power. Now in their eighth year, the Prizes celebrate writers at every stage of their careers in fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry.

Mike Kelleher, Director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes said about this year’s recipients,

“This is such an exciting group of prize recipients—so many utterly original voices from so many different places. Their work digs deeply into everything from the poisoned water crisis in present-day Flint, Michigan to the vicissitudes of the surveillance state in an Afro-Futurist Zambia. To read the work of these eight writers—seven of them women—is simply overwhelming.”

On winning the prize, Aleshea Harris said,

“To say that I am moved and astonished that nominators, jurors, and judges I had no contact with read my work and found it worthy of this prize would be an understatement. This moment is so significant; it has strengthened my belief in the value of meticulousness and the potential of the stories I hope to tell.”

In September 2020, Yale University and the Beinecke Library in the USA will host a week-long festival of events to honour the winners.

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To see the full list of winners, click here.

For more information on Is God Is, click here.