Soho Rep. playwright and current board member Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon) has won one of America’s foremost literary prizes, the Windham Campbell Prize. Adminstered by Yale’s Beinecke Library, “The Windham-Campbell prizes are global English-language awards that call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. Prizewinners receive an unrestricted grant.”
Winners receive a phone call from the Prize’s Director and there is no application. “I only wish everyone alive could get a phone call like the one I just received,”Branden Jacobs-Jenkins said, who received his call on Feb. 24. “I’ve never ever felt this conﬁdent, joyful, relieved, or encouraged on a Wednesday morning.”
Soho Rep. salutes Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and gives grateful thanks to the existence of such an incredible award for the written word.
We are particularly pleased to note that Jacobs-Jenkins is the third Soho Rep. playwright to receive this award. Last year it was won by Jackie Sibblies Drury and debbie tucker green.