March 19, 2020

The National Book Critics Circle last week announced awards for “the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism.”

The award for poetry went to Morgan Parker, Magical Negro (Tin House) and Naomi Shihab Nye received the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

See the complete list of winners and finalists. And congratulations to one and all.

award season

January 24, 2019

The National Book Critics Circle has announced its 31 finalists in six categories — autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — for the outstanding books of 2018. The finalists in poetry are:

  • Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Books)
  • Ada Limón, The Carrying (Milkweed)
  • Erika Meitner, Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions)
  • Diane Seuss, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl (Graywolf Press)
  • Adam Zagajewski, Asymmetry. Translated by Clare Cavanagh (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Terrance Hayes was also listed as a finalist in the Criticism category, for To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight (Wave).

The National Book Critics Circle Awards, begun in 1974 and considered among the most prestigious in American letters, are the sole prizes bestowed by a jury of working critics and book-review editors. The awards will be presented on March 14, 2019 at a free public event held at the New School in New York City. See the complete list of finalists in all categories here.

poetry awards

March 14, 2014

Frank Bidart - Metaphysical DogMade up of “nearly 600 member critics, authors, literary bloggers, book publishing personnel, and student members,” the “National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.”

Each year, the NBCC selects award winners in a number of categories and last night, in New York, the NBCC announced the winners among books published in 2013.

In poetry, the top prize went to Frank Bidart, for his book Metaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The other finalists in poetry were Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion (Knopf); Denise Duhamel, Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press); Bob Hicok, Elegy Owed (Copper Canyon); and Carmen Giménez Smith, Milk and Filth (University of Arizona Press).

What’s on your poetry reading list?

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