Hermann Kesten Award 2022
Indian activist-writer-poet Meena Kandasamy has been declared the winner of the Herman Keston Prize 2022.
This Award is given by the PEN Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. The award will be given on 15 November 2022.
Meena Kandasamy is a Chennai-born anti-caste activist, novelist and poet. The award recognizes her work on topics of race, gender and ethnic oppression.
Ms Kandasamy joins a list of notable figures such as Günter Grass and Harold Pinter, whom Penn has seen as defenders of freedom of expression.
Her books are "The Gypsy Goddess," (2014) and "When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife" (2017). She has also published anthologies of her poems, most notably "Ms Militancy" (2010) and This Poem Will Provoke You and Other Poems" (2015).
About Hermann Kesten Award
Started in 1985, the award was initially given once in two years till 1993. It has been given on an annual basis since 1994.
The award is given to individuals who stand up for the rights of persecuted writers and journalists.
In 2008, it was renamed the Hermann Kesten Award.
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