"I know a poem is finished when I put it aside and take up something new. It's as if I have come to the end of an emotional and intellectual journey without any formal announcement of the fact."
"I try to listen to my head in case there is something I should be doing in obedience to the writing half of me that never sleeps but which is often ignored by the practical self caught up in daily living.
I try to do something every day to address the fact of my life as a writer. "
Interview With Anthuriu: A Caribbean Studies Journal
The Poetry Kit Interviews Fred D'Aguiar
- 1983. Minority Rights Group Award
- 1985. GLC Literature Award
- 1985. Malcolm X Prize for Poetry. "Mama Dot"
- 1989. Guyana Poetry Prize. "Mama Dot" and "Airy Hall"
- 1993. Commission for Racial Equality Race in the Media Award. "Sweet Thames"
- 1994. David Higham Prize for Fiction. "The Longest Memory"
- 1994. Whitbread First Novel Award. "The Longest Memory"
- 1996. Guyana Prize for Literature. "Dear Future"
- 1997. James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction) (shortlist). "Feeding the Ghosts"