One of the five young authors selected yesterday, Simone Dalton, is a writer with strong Caribbean ties. Dalton is a writer born in Trinidad-Tobago. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, where she received the Constance Rooke and Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarships. Named by Room Magazine in 2018 as one of the “20 Black Writers to Read All Year Round,” her work has been published in The Unpublished City: Volume I, a 2018 Toronto Book Awards finalist, and in the anthology, Black Writers Matter. In 2019, her inaugural short play, VOWS, debuted at Soulpepper as part of RARE Theatre’s production, Welcome to My Underworld. She is now working on her first memoir.
The Taylor prize created a professional development program to support the next generation of Canadian writers. Each year five emerging writers, selected from the nation’s writing programs, will be paired with the finalists for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize for mentoring and writing assistance.
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