Poetry collection by Indian-born poet Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe shortlisted for prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize

Dublin-based Indian poet Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe’s debut collection of poetry ‘Auguries of a Minor God’ is among eight novels, two collections of poetry and two collections of short stories shortlisted for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize. worth £20,000.

Eipe, who was born in India and raised in the Middle East, Europe and North America before moving to Ireland, is inspired by Kama, the Hindu god of love and desire, for her first collection of poetry.

The book follows two different paths. While the first half is about love and the hurt it causes, the second half follows a family of refugees who fled west from conflict in an unspecified Middle Eastern country.

The Dylan Thomas Prize, in partnership with Swansea University, celebrates the international world of fiction in all its forms, including poetry, novels, short stories and drama.

Launched in 2006, the prize, named after Swansea-born writer Dylan Thomas, recognizes the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or younger.

It is chaired by co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and award-winning author Namita Gokhale this year.

“From Sri Lanka to Trinidad, Texas and Ireland to the Middle East, this year’s long list showcases a powerful international collection of writers who provide platforms for underrepresented voices,” said the award committee in its press release.

The other selected books are “A Passage North” by Anuk Arudpragasam, “What Noise Against the Cane” by Desiree Bailey, “Keeping the House” by Tice Cin, “The “Sweetness of Water” by Nathan Harris, “No One is Talking About This” by Patricia Lockwood, “Milk Blood Heat” by Dantiel W Moniz, “Hot Stew” by Fiona Mozley, “Open Water” by Caleb Azumah Nelson, “Acts of Desperation” by Megan Nolan “Peaces” by Helen Oyeyemi and “Dirty Animals” by Brandon Taylor.

The shortlist will be announced on March 31 and the winner will be declared on May 12, two days before “International Dylan Thomas Day”.

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