Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced this year’s creative writing fellowships granted to the following 40 fiction writers:
Czepiel, Katherine Leonard
De Robertis, Carolina
La Farge, Paul
Strickley, Sarah A.
Tel, Jonathan Vasicek
Vasicek, René Georg,
Last night, the National Book Award winners for fiction and poetry were announced with the following results: Jesmyn Ward won in the fiction category for her novel, Salvage the Bones, and Nikky Finney won in the poetry category for her collection of poems, Head Off & Split. The finalists in fiction were Andrew Krivak for The Sojourn, Téa Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife, Julie Otsuka for The Buddha in the Attic, and Edith Pearlman for Binocular Vision. The finalists in poetry were Yusef Komunyakaa for The Chameleon Couch, Carl Phillips for Double Shadow, Adrienne Rich for Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010, and Bruce Smith for Devotions.
The editors of Valparaiso Fiction Review and Valparaiso Poetry Review congratulate all these deserving writers. In addition, I would like to add a personal note of appreciation to my former teacher, John Ashbery, who also received an award last night from the National Book Foundation for his lifetime achievement in poetry.