long list

September 20, 2022

The National Book Foundation has announced the long lists for the 2022 National Book Awards. The ten poets and titles in poetry are:

  • Rio Cortez, Golden Ax (Penguin Random House)
  • Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Look at This Blue (Coffee House Press)
  • Jay Hopler, Still Life (McSweeney’s)
  • John Keene, Punks: New & Selected Poems (Song Cave)
  • Sharon Olds, Balladz (Penguin Random House / Knopf)
  • Roger Reeves, Best Barbarian (WW Norton)
  • Sherry Shenoda, Mummy Eaters (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Quincy Troupe, Duende (Seven Stories Press)
  • Shelley Wong, As She Appears (YesYes Books)
  • Jenny Xie, The Rupture Tense (Graywolf Press)

The finalists will be announced on October 4, and the winners will be announced at the 73rd National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 16, 2022.

If these books aren’t already on your list, add them now!

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.

awards season

September 18, 2021

A few days ago, we mentioned the Washington State Book Awards, and that Patricia Smith had been awarded the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize. Smith’s award is dazzling, and we should also note the Academy of American Poets prizes, including the Wallace Stevens Award, which went to Toi Derricotte, the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, the National Book Foundation’s 2021 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry, and poet Patricia Lockwood, whose debut novel, No One Is Talking About This, has been shortlisted for both the 2021 Booker Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Congratulations finalists and winners!

Poetry prizes are announced throughout the year. Finalists for the UK’s T.S. Eliot Prize and Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards will be announced in mid-October.

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 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.


January 22, 2015

National Readathon Day

Looking for an excuse to spend the day reading? Here it is! Saturday, January 24, 2015, is the first-ever National Readathon Day. In fact, it’s a fundraising event for the National Book Foundation, which promotes literacy and reading. “It’s like a walk-a-thon charity drive, but we’re turning pages instead of walking laps.” Learn more about National Readathon Day, then pledge and play!

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