Press Release: National Book Foundation Announces Second of Four Longlists
RELEASE SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 9:30 a.m.
National Book Foundation
2013 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS LONGLIST FOR POETRY
NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SECOND OF FOUR LONGLISTS
New York, NY (September 17, 2013) – The National Book Foundation announces the Longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry. This is the first time in the history of the National Book Awards that the Foundation has presented Longlists for all four categories of its Awards. Finalists will be revealed on October 16.
Nine of the ten authors are receiving National Book Award recognition for the first time. The selection includes many of the country's preeminent writers of contemporary poetry and one emerging voice, whose first published collection has already received significant acclaim. The Longlist also includes a National Book Award Finalist, two Pulitzer Prize finalists, a Los Angeles Times Book Award winner, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and two Cave Canem Fellows.
2013 Longlist for Poetry:
Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Roger Bonair-Agard,Bury My Clothes, Haymarket Books
Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion, Alfred A. Knopf
Andrei Codrescu, So Recently Rent a World, New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012, Coffee House Press
Brenda Hillman, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, Wesleyan University Press
Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke, Penguin Poets/Penguin Group USA
Diane Raptosh, American Amnesiac, Etruscan Press
Matt Rasmussen, Black Aperture, Louisiana State University Press
Martha Ronk, Transfer of Qualities, Omnidawn Publishing
Mary Szybist, Incarnadine: Poems, Graywolf Press
Frank Bidart has been thrice honored as a National Book Award Finalist: in 1997 for Desire, in 2005 for Star Dust, and in 2008 for Watching the SpringFestival. A recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award and the Bollingen Prize, and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Bidart is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Bidart is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities at Wellesley College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Roger Bonair-Agard is the author of two poetry collections, Tarnish and Masquerade and Gully; a Cave Canem fellow; and two time National Poetry Slam Champion. A co-founder and artistic director of the LouderARTS Project in New York City, Bonair-Agard is now a consulting poet with the Young Chicago Authors Project. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Bonair-Agard lives in Chicago.
Lucie Brock-Broido's books of poetry include Trouble in Mind, recipient of the Massachusetts Book Award, The Master Letters, and A Hunger. Her awards and honors include the Witter-Bynner prize for poetry from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Brock-Broido is director of poetry in the writing division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University.
Andrei Codrescu served as a Fiction Judge for the National Book Award in 2010. A Peabody-Award winning filmmaker, Codrescu is the author of numerous books of poetry, novels, and essays. He is the founder of the literary magazine Exquisite Corpse, and Codrescu’s commentary is featured regularly on NPR’s All Things Considered. Born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, Codrescu now lives in the Ozarks near the Buffalo River National Park.
Brenda Hillman is the author of nine previous poetry collections, including Practical Water, which earned the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry in 2009, and Bright Existence, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Married to poet Robert Haas, a 1997 National Book Award Winner, Hillman is on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
Adrian Matejka’s first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Matejka teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Diane Raptoshhas published three books of poems and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of three literature fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and was named Boise's first Poet Laureate in2013. Raptosh teaches creative writing and literature at The College of Idaho in Boise.
Matt Rasmussen’sBlack Aperture is the author’s first book of poems and the winner of the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Rasmussen is a visiting assistant professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.
Martha Ronk has published a number of poetry collections, works of fiction, and chapbooks, including Vertigo, which was a National Poetry Series selection, and In a Landscape of Having to Repeat, which received the PEN Center USA 2005 Poetry Award. Ronk is the Irma and Jay Price Professor of English Literature at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Mary Szybist’sfirst poetry collection, Granted, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writing Award, and a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Szybist is Assistant Professor of English at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
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.
Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, which earned the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry. He is also the author of a collection of short stories and fables, Cradle Book, and To Keep Love Blurry: Poems. He is Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly and lives in Brooklyn.www.craigmorganteicher.com
The Longlists for the Nonfiction and Fiction categories will be revealed exclusively at thedailybeast.com at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) as follows: Nonfiction on September 18, and finally, the Longlist for Fiction on September 19.
The National Book Award Finalists will be announced on October 16, and the Winners at the invitation-only National Book Awards Ceremony and Gala on November 20 in New York City.
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