Posted on January 16, 2024 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Congratulations are in order for Jason Allen-Paisant, whose Self-Portrait as Othello has won the 2023 T.S. Eliot Prize.

Britain’s most prestigious award for poetry comes with a prize purse of £25,000 (about $31,600).

Self-Portrait as Othello, Allen-Paisant's second collection, explores Black masculinity and immigrant identity.

Judges praised its "large ambitions that are met with great imaginative capacity, freshness, and technical flair" — qualities likely also recognized by judges for the Forward Prize (which it won in October) and the Writers' Prize (which it's in the running for).

On a less prestigious note ... Book Riot shared the twenty-three books that its readers clicked on, most often, in 2023.

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