I Am Evidence


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Bloodaxe Books
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5.83 X 8.27 X 0.09 inches | 0.12 pounds

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About the Author

Courtney Conrad is a Jamaican poet who now lives in London. Her debut pamphlet I Am Evidence (Bloodaxe Books/Mslexia, 2023) was the winner of the 2022 Mslexia Women's Poetry Pamphlet Competition judged by Imtiaz Dharker, and includes some work which won her an Eric Gregory Award in 2022. She received a Bridport Prize Young Writer Award in 2021. She was shortlisted for The White Review Poet's Prize, the Manchester Poetry Prize, Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition and Aesthetica Creative Writing Award's Poetry Prize, and was longlisted for the National Poetry Competition. Her poems have appeared in Magma Poetry, The White Review, Poetry Review, Bath Magg and Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal. She is an alumna of the London Library Emerging Writers Programme, MPK, Obsidian, Griots Well Collective, Roundhouse Poetry Collective, and Barbican Young Poets.


"Courtney Conrad is one of the most promising voices to emerge in the British literary world. A voice of affirmation, testimony, survival and revival. The Jamaican spirit of remixing and mashing up English into new and deeper coherences. These poems are evidence of a truth-telling lyrical arrival."--Raymond Antrobus
"Courtney Conrad is an important voice to watch. Her book I Am Evidence
feels like a new shot in the Caribbean Artist Movement. Throughout the
book her identity and culture resonate in the fresh use of national
language which enables a nuanced unspooling of hidden Caribbean
narratives exploring the micro of Jamaica's underclass as it alludes to
the macro of Jamaican politics."--Roger Robinson

"Conrad is forging her own distinctive Jamaican poetic seeped in a
literary orality, which enables the witness bearing of: the persevered,
the forsaken, the rock bottom, the hold on better must come, all
speaking to a fragile existence. Yet these are not downtrodden but
celebrated as resilient. Conrad continues the tradition of Jamaican
poets like Louise Bennett, Jean 'Binta' Breeze and Olive Senior who
unapologetically empowered the working-class voice.'"--Malika Booker