Bryan Washington's 'kickass' short stories win £30,000 Dylan Thomas prize

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Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 1:13pm

Bryan Washington, a 27-year-old writer from Houston, has won the £30,000 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas prize for his “kickass” debut short story collection, Lot.

The collection is a portrait of the author’s home town, one of the most diverse cities in the US. Half of the stories follow a young gay man, with a black mother and a Latino father, who wrestles with his own sexuality and the challenging attitudes of those around him. The rest roam among the city’s male sex workers, drug dealers and its lowest paid, charting the violence and uncertainty of lives in neighbourhoods caught between neglect and gentrification.

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