PEN America: Literary Awards 2017

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The winners of this year’s PEN America Literary Awards have been announced. PEN America has been running the prestigious award ceremony since 1963, honoring many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres, including fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, and drama.

After being judged by a variety of leading industry experts, this year’s awards winners will receive over $315,000 collectively, for their exceptional literary works and careers. The list of winners is as follows:

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Crown/Penguin Random House)

PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Awards (Three Awards)

Master American Dramatist: Suzan-Lori Parks

American Playwright in Mid-Career: Tarell Alvin McCraney

Emerging American Playwright: Thomas Bradshaw

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich (Penguin Random House)

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History

How Did You Get Here?: Tales of Displacement by Aleksandar Hemon

PEN Open Book Award

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux)

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss (Portfolio/Penguin Random House)

PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing

Bill Nack

PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry

The Verging Cities by Natalie Scenters-Zapico (Center For Literary Publishing/Colorado State University)

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship

Finding a Home at the End of the World by Phillippe Diederich (work in progress)

PEN Translation Prize

Angel of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap (Archipelago Books) translated from the German by Tess Lewis

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

Pearl: A New Verse Translation by The Pearl Poet (Liveright/W. W. Norton & Company) translated from the Middle English by Simon Armitage

PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing

Michael Archer and Joel Whitney for Guernica

PEN/Robert J.Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

“Galina” (Fifth Wednesday Journal) by Angela Ajayi
“The Handler” (Southwest Review) by Amber Caron
“Tell Me, Please” (The Common) by Emily Chammah
“The Asphodel Meadow” (The Summerset Review) by Jim Cole
“Solee” (The Southern Review) by Crystal Hana Kim
“The Manual Alphabet” (Fence) by Samuel Clare Knights
“Goldhawk” (The Malahat Review) by Katherine Magyarody
“A Modern Marriage” (Boston Review) by Grace Oluseyi
“1,000-Year-Old Ghosts” (Hyphen Magazine) by Laura Chow Reeve
“State Facts for the New Age” (The Rumpus) by Amy Sauber
“A Message” (Epiphany: A Literary Journal) by Ruth Serven
“Edwin Chase of Nantucket” (Harvard Review) by Ben Shattuck

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants & PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature

Floral Mutter by YA Shi (哑石) translated from the Chinese by Nick Admussen
The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky by Misumi Kubo, translated from the Japanese by Polly Barton
The Palimpsests by Aleksandra Lun, translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Bryer
Felix Austria by Sophia Andrukhovych, translated from the Ukrainian by Vitaly Chernetsky
Mr. by Raoul Schrott, translated from the German by Iain Galbraith
Edinburgh Notebook by Valerie Mejer Caso, translated from the Spanish by Michelle Gil-Montero
The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes
Thirteen Months of Sunrises by Rania Mamoun, translated from the Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette
The Arab by Pooneh Rohi, translated from the Swedish by Kira Josefsson
I Didn’t Talk by Beatriz Bracher, translated from the Portuguese by Adam Morris
A Parade by Nhã Thuyên, translated from the Vietnamese by Kaitlin Rees
Wûf by Kemal Varol, translated from the Turkish by Dayla Rogers
In Your Name by Mauro Covacich, translated from the Italian by Christopher Tamigi
There’s a Carnival Today by Indra Bahadur Rai, translated from the Nepali by Manjushree Thapa
This Land That Is Like You by Tobie Nathan, translated from the French by Joyce Zonana

PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature

Ithaca Forever by Luigi Malerba, translated from the Italian by Douglas Heise
The winners of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, PEN/Nabokov Award, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award  will be announced live at the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony hosted by actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi on March 27 at The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium in NYC.