The Monthly interviews Jamaican poet, writer and broadcaster – Yashika Graham – Part 3 – Developing an international career

Have you won important awards during your career?

I was particularly excited and humbled by winning the Mervyn Morris Prize when I was a student at the University of West Indies. Prof. Morris is a remarkable poet and has been an important mentor for myself and many others; so I was thrilled to even be mentioned in the same sentence with him.

You are also in the process of publishing a new collection?

The new collection is called, “Some of Us Can Go Back Home”. I am at the stage where there are revisions going on, and I am just making sure everything is as good as it can be, with the hopes of launching it soon.

Are you looking at trying to develop an international audience?

The aim is always to be global, to connect with communities and audiences around the world and so that will continue and be amplified as this new project emerges.

Where to now?

The priority for me right now is getting my first collection to the public. I want to have people engaging with this collection and I’ll go from there.

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