St Lucian poet Vladimir Lucien has been awarded the overall OCM Bocas Prize for Literature 2015. Vladimir's Sounding Ground beat off strong competition from fiction category with Jamaican Marlon James's novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, and fellow Jamaican Olive Senior's Dying to Better Themselves from the non-fiction list.
Vladimir Lucien is a writer from St. Lucia. His work has been published in The Caribbean Review of Books, Wasafiri, Small Axe journal, the PN Review, BIM magazine, Caribbean Beat and other journals, as well as an anthology of poetry entitled, 'Beyond Sangre Grande' edited by Cyril Dabydeen. Lucien was also awarded the first prize in the poetry category of the Small Axe prize 2013. He has been featured at the Bocas Lit Fest's new talent showcase as well as the West Indian Literary Conference, the Word Alive Literary Festival as well as other events. His artistic interests also include theatre, having acted and served as dramaturge in productions staged by the Department of Creative and Festival Arts, at his alma mater, the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus).