Congratulations to Lara Norgaard: ACLA 2024 A. Owen Aldridge Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Lara Norgaard on winning the ACLA 2024 A. Owen Aldridge Prize!

The judges unanimously agreed that her essay, “Between Bandung and Havana: Emergent Solidarities and the Forgotten Poetry of Viva Cuba,” should receive this year’s A. Owen Aldridge Prize. Meticulously attentive to historical context and poetic form, her essay expands from its focus on Indonesian and Cuban poets in the 1950s and 1960s to wrestle with expansive theoretical concerns and methodological approaches. From its clear-sighted approach to the unevenly forged poetics of leftist solidarity to its sustained analysis with cross-linguistic rhythm and sound, her essay is a model for how provocative, thoughtful, and ambitious work in comparative literary studies can be.

Congratulations to Lara again!