We are thrilled to announce that UBC PhD Candidate and Liu Scholar Juliane Okot Bitek’s book, 100 Days, has been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

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For 100 days, Juliane Okot Bitek recorded the lingering nightmare of the Rwandan genocide in a poem—each poem recalling the senseless loss of life and of innocence. Okot Bitek draws on her own family’s experience of displacement under the regime of Idi Amin, pulling in fragments of the poetic traditions she encounters along the way: the Ugandan Acholi oral tradition of her father—the poet Okot p’Bitek; Anglican hymns; the rhythms and sounds of the African American Spiritual tradition; and the beat of spoken word and hip-hop.

Learn more about the book here.