Hong Kong Born Poet Wins TS Eliot Prize

January 12, 2016

NewsStandOnline.Net (12-January-2016): A Hong Kong-born poet, who judges say will change British poetry, has won the prestigious TS Eliot poetry prize.

Sarah Howe was awarded the 20,000 pound prize for Loop of Jade, which explores her dual British and Chinese heritage through her journeys to Hong Kong to discover her roots.  It’s the first debut collection to scoop the award.

The 33 year old poet triumphs over some of poetry’s biggest names, including Mark Doty, a previous winner of the award, and the National Book Award for Poetry.

Hong Kong Born Poet Wins TS Eliot prize

Howe, whose mother is Chinese and father English, moved to England as a child.  She has made a name for herself with poetry that grapples with the problems of cultural identity and representation.

She previously won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for 2015, while scientist Stephen Hawking read her poem ‘Relativity’ for Britain’s National Poetry Day.  She has also won the Eric Gregory Award, for her pamphlet A Certain Chinese Encyclopaedia.

The TS Eliot prize for poetry was inaugurated by the Poetry Book Society in 1993 in celebration of the society’s 40th birthday, and in honor of its founding poet, T. S. Eliot.