Book Release Reading: Zaynab Iliyasu Bobi with Tara Betts

April 16, 2024

2 pm est


Book Release Reading: Zaynab Iliyasu Bobi with Tara Betts
Winner of the 9th Annual Derricotte/Eady Prize, awarded by Cave Canem
Featuring Prize Judge, Tara Betts

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Our annual book prize reading celebrates the winner of a contest run by our partner, Cave Canem, the nation’s foremost poetry organization supporting Black poets. Join online to celebrate Cave Canem 2023 prize winner Zaynab Iliyasu Bobi! She is joined by contest judge Tara Betts.

Zaynab Iliyasu Bobi, Frontier I, is a Nigerian-Hausa poet, digital
artist, and photographer. She graduated from the School of Medical
Laboratory Science at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. She is the
author of the forthcoming chapbook Sixteen Songs of Loss—selected
as a finalist by Rita Mookerjee for the Sundress Publications Chapbook
Competition—and the winner of the inaugural Folorunsho Editor’s Poetry
Prize, the Labari Poetry Prize, the inaugural Akachi Chukwuemeka Prize
for Literature, and the Gimba Suleiman Hassan Gimba ESQ Poetry Prize.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Fiyah Literary Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Agbowo, The Deadlands, Torch Literary Arts, Arc Poetry Magazine, Ake Review, Native Skin, The Drift, Lucent Dreaming, 20.35 Africa, Canthius, Trampset, and elsewhere.

About Cave Canem The Derricotte/Eady Prize is presented annually by Cave Canem and co-sponsored by O, Miami Poetry Festival, Jai-Alai Books, and The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel. This year’s judge was Tara Betts. For more information, visit

About The Betsy-South Beach Situated at the edge of the Atlantic, The Betsy–South Beach is the host hotel for wide-ranging programs that embrace the richness of global arts and culture. Since opening in 2012, The Betsy Writer’s Room has hosted more than 1,000 authors, artists, and thought leaders, including notable poets W.S. Merwin, Nikky Finney, and Robert Haas. The Betsy’s poetry programs are inspired by the work of mid-century poet Hyam Plutzik, three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and father of Betsy Hotel owner Jonathan Plutzik. For more information, visit and