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Haile Bizen Wins Prestigious Debut Poetry Award for “Let us say that I am”

In recognition of his outstanding literary work, Haile Bizen was awarded this year’s Best Writing Award for his collection of poems entitled “Let’s Say That I Am.” The prize, presented by the Norwegian Writers’ Association in cooperation with Fagforbundet (a cultural initiative affiliated with the Confederation of Norwegian Trade Unions), was awarded at a literature festival in Lillehammer on May 28, as reported by forfatterforbundet.no.

Haile Bizen, an Eritrean poet, editor, translator, and journalist, has showcased his first exhibition in Norway. Bizen left his hometown in 2009 and relocated to Kristiansand in 2011 as a freelance writer. “Let’s Say I Am” is his first literary work published in Norway.

According to the website, the judges praised the powerful language and vivid imagery in Haile Bizen’s poems, which explore themes of cultural communication, grief, anger, and loss. The poems, written in a structured and fluid style, invite readers to reflect deeply and derive their own meanings. The judges highlighted that Bizen’s work provides a unique perspective on navigating dual cultures and offers a fresh lens through which to view society.

Haile Bizen’s award-winning poetry will be featured in the Keyboard Chat Writers Association column in the coming weeks, offering readers an opportunity to immerse themselves in his influential literary world.

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