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Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique

2021 OCM Bocas Prize Judge, Author
US Virgin Islands


Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the poetry collection, Wife, which won the 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection and the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry. Tiphanie is also the author of the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, which won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, and was listed by NPR as one of the Best Books of 2014. Land of Love and Drowning was also a finalist for the Orion Award in Environmental Literature and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.  She is the author of a collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, which won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5Under35 and the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize for Fiction.  Her writing has won the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and her writing has been published in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places.  Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor at Emory University. 


2011 OCM Bocas Prize for Fiction Winner2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry WinnerOCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

Years Attended

2015 Adult’s Festival Participant, Papillote Press
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