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Samyak Shertok awarded 2023 Witness Poetry Prize

Dedman College News – Samyak Shertok, a Hughes Fellow in Creative Writing, has won the 2023 Witness Poetry Prize.  Judge Joy Harjo, former Poet Laureate of the United States, writes:  “The poem ‘Mother Tongue: A Haunting’ is a tight construction that embodies the haunting of language displacement amidst liminal familial memory.  Mysterious essences of ghost presences ride the weave.  Even language itself is a ghost because what is spoken can haunt you forever, even as it dissipates in consciousness.”

Samyak’s work will be celebrated in the next issue of Southern Humanities Review.