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Haitian-American trans* author and artist wins literature award

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An Duplan, trans* poet, curator and artist, won the 2022 Whiting Prize for Literature and teaches at Bennington College. Photo by Lyndsy Welgos.

MILWAUKEE — While writing her book, ‘Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture,’ An Duplan transitioned from being a woman to being a man. In April, “Blackspace” won the Whiting Prize for Literature – $50,000 awarded to writers completing a book-length piece of nonfiction that is both researched and imaginatively composed.

“‘Blackspace’ was one of the first times I even wrote about being trans,” Duplan said in a phone interview from Vermont, where he lives. “For a while I had no reason to write about it.” Then he realized that it was to open the subject to others.

“I didn’t feel like it was relevant,” Duplan said, “and I didn’t feel quite ready to talk about it either. It just took a while.

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