Press Release: National Book Foundation Announces Second of Four Longlists
Publishers submitted a total of 209 books for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry. Five distinguished Judges were given the charge of selecting what they deem to be the best books of the year. Their decisions are made independently of the National Book Foundation staff and Board of Directors; deliberations are strictly confidential. To be eligible for a 2013 National Book Award, a book must have been written by a US citizen and published in the United States between December 1, 2012 and November 30, 2013.
2013 Judges for Poetry:
Nikky Finney (Chair) is the author of four books of poetry: Head Off & Split, Winner of the 2011 National Book Award in Poetry, The World Is Round, Rice, and On Wings Made of Gauze. She also authored Heartwood, a story collection for adult literacy students, and edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The Guy Davenport Endowed Professor in the Department of English at the University of Kentucky for twenty years, she was recently named John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair of Southern Literature and Creative Writing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. http://nikkyfinney.net
Ada Limón’s first collection of poetry, Lucky Wreck, was the winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize. She is also the author of This Big Fake World, winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize, and Sharks in the Rivers. She lives in Sonoma, California and Lexington, Kentucky. www.adalimon.com
D.A. Powell won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for his collection Useless Landscape: A Guide for Boys. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in San Francisco.
Jahan Ramazani’s books include A Transnational Poetics, winner of the Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, and Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He also co-edited The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, and The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. Ramazani is Edgar F. Shannon Professor in the Department of English at the University of Virginia.