National Book Awards

November 18, 2021

In last night’s awards ceremony, the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2021 National Book Awards. One book is selected in each of five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature.

This year’s winner in poetry is Floaters (W.W. Norton) by Martín Espada. Find it at your local independent bookstore.

National Book Awards

November 23, 2020

Congratulations to poet Don Mee Choi, whose book DMZ Colony (Wave Books) was named winner of the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry. Poetry finalists are Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A Treatise on Stars (New Directions), Tommye Blount, Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books), Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha
(Omnidawn Publishing), and Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem
(Graywolf Press).

See a complete list of winners and finalists in all categories, watch the November 18 awards ceremony, meet the 5 Under 35 Honorees for 2020, and read about the 2020 National Book Awards Judges.

The National Book Foundation has announced the National Book Award longlists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. The poetry judges, Mary Jo Bang, Ken Chen, Elise Paschen, Danez Smith, and Stephen Sparks, selected the following poets/books:

  • Rae Armantrout, Wobble (Wesleyan University Press)
  • Jos Charles, feeld (Milkweed Editions)
  • Forrest Gander, Be With (New Directions)
  • Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Books / Penguin Random House)
  • J. Michael Martinez, Museum of the Americas (Penguin Books / Penguin Random House)
  • Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ghost Of (Omnidawn Publishing)
  • Justin Phillip Reed, Indecency (Coffee House Press)
  • Raquel Salas Rivera, lo terciario / the tertiary (Timeless, Infinite Light)
  • Natasha Trethewey, Monument: Poems New and Selected (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Jenny Xie, Eye Level (Graywolf Press)

The finalists will be announced on October 10 and the Sixty-Ninth National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner will be held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, and will also be live-streamed online in its entirety.

the envelope, please

November 18, 2017

In case you missed it, the National Book Awards were announced this week and Frank Bidart won the award in poetry for Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Read and watch at the National Book Awards website.

NBA finalists

October 4, 2017

NBA…that’s National Book Awards, right? You knew that, yeah? The National Book Foundation has announced finalists for this year’s awards in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature. The finalists in poetry are:

  • Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)
  • Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings (University of Akron Press)
  • Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS (Graywolf Press)
  • Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press)
  • Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems (Graywolf Press)

Judged by Nick Flynn, Jane Mead, Gregory Pardlo, Richard Siken, and Monica Youn, the poetry long list also included:

  • Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, Ltd.)
  • Marie Howe, Magdalene: Poems (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Laura Kasischke, Where Now: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Sherod Santos, Square Inch Hours (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Mai Der Vang, Afterland (Graywolf Press)

The winners will be announced on November 15. Congratulations to the poets. See the complete list on the National Book Foundation website.

the poetry list

September 16, 2016

National Book Awards

The judges (Mark Bibbins, Jericho Brown, Katie Ford, Joy Harjo, Tree Swenson) have made their longlist selections for the National Book Awards in Poetry. You can see the list and learn more about the poets (and the judges) on the National Book Foundation website. The page also includes longlists for fiction, nonfiction and young people’s literature. The finalists will be announced on October 13, 2016, and the winners will be recognized at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York on November 16.

National Book Award in Poetry

November 18, 2015

finalists in poetry

The winners of the National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature will be announced this evening, November 18, 2015, at the Benefit Dinner and Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The ceremony will stream live on the National Book Foundation website.

This year’s finalists in poetry are:
Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn, published by Penguin.
Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus, published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things, published by Milkweed Editions.
Patrick Phillips, Elegy for a Broken Machine, published by Alfred A. Knopf.

You can see the long-list and finalists in all categories on the National Book Award page and read Elizabeth Lund’s article on the finalists in poetry in the Washington Post.

today’s list

September 15, 2015

The New Yorker

In case that pile of poetry books on your nightstand was getting too low, The New Yorker today offers the long list of National Book Awards contenders in poetry.

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