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The Los Angeles Poet Society is so excited to run away with the POETRY CIRCUS for the 2nd year in a row! We're going to meet poetic spectacle at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, this Saturday afternoon. We will have a table at the event and we'd love to see you! We're bringing books, LAPS event calendars, a cariacturist, mime, belly dancer, and more! This is your creative community on PARADE! Hightlights include at reading from LA's Poet LAureate, Luis J. Rodriguez, while you take a seat o
To the East End, our elbows out. The streets exhale their phlegms and sulphurs; styrofoams and botulisms. Boutiques are union bunting, collective dread, pink cubes of meat. A market crush, a cargo cult: a wooden Christ, a scrimshawed skull, an orange bowl abandoning its broken marbles one by one. The flat damp day breaks into…
A. Razor is a writer and poet based in Los Angeles, who co-founded Punk Hostage Press with fellow writer Iris Berry in 2012, and literary outreach non-profit Words as Works soon after. Born in Brooklyn, but raised in California, Razor has lived a turbulent life that has included periods of homelessness and prison incarceration. Yet a consistent dedication to his personal writing process has remained a therapeutic constant and has produced a prolific literary output. First published as a te
Iraq War veteran Phil Klay continues to win accolades for “Redeployment,” a story collection based on his experience as a Marine. The book won a National Book Award last fall and a National Book Critics Circle Award in March, and on Thursday morning “Redeployment” was named a finalist for the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction.
Among the many other PEN literary awards finalists announced in New York is Claudia Rankine. “Citizen,” her book of prose poetry about race and racism in America, will compete for the $5,000 PEN/Open Book Award, given to “an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color.” Like Klay, Rankine also won a NBCC award last month.
Claudia Rankine (Photo credit John Lucas) The PEN American Center confers annual prizes in a number of categories, including essays, science writing, first books and books in translation. Most of the winners — along with several career awards — will be announced May 13, but a few will not be revealed until the ceremony on June 8.
In a statement released Thursday, Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN American Center, said, “These shortlists represent a literary treasure trove including both beloved and well-known names as well as new writers for whom simply making the list can itself help begin to make a new writing career.”
Here are all the finalists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards:
$25,000 Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction — to an author whose debut work — a first novel or collection of short stories — represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise: • “The UnAmericans,” by Molly Antopol (Norton) • “Ruby,” by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth) • “Redeployment,” by Phil Klay (Penguin Press) • “The Dog,” by Jack Livings (Farrar Straus Giroux) • “Love Me Back,” by Merritt Tierce (Doubleday)
(Courtesy of Graywolf Press) $10,0000 Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay — for a book of essays published in 2014 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature: • “Moral Imagination,” by David Bromwich (Princeton University Press) • “Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War,” by Ian Buruma (New York Review Books) • “Loitering,” by Charles D’Ambrosio (Tin House) • “The Empathy Exams,” by Leslie Jamison (Graywolf) • “Limber,” by Angela Pelster (Sarabande)
$10,000 E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award — for a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences: • “War of the Whales,” by Joshua Horwitz (Simon & Schuster) • “How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World,” by Steven Johnson (Riverhead) • “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt) • “The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era,” by Craig Nelson (Scribner) • “Proof: The Science of Booze,” by Adam Rogers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
$10,000 John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction — to an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues: • “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality,” by Danielle Allen (Liveright) • “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth,” by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru (Crown Archetype) • “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” by Sheri Fink (Crown) • “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster,” by Jonathan M. Katz (Palgrave Macmillan) • “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate,” by Naomi Klein (Simon & Schuster)
(Courtesy of Grove/Black Cat) $5,000 Open Book Award — for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color: • “An Unnecessary Woman,” by Rabih Alameddine (Grove) • “Every Day Is for the Thief,” by Teju Cole (Random House) • “An Untamed State,” by Roxane Gay (Black Cat) • “Citizen: An American Lyric,” by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf) • “The City Son,” by Samrat Upadhyay (Soho)
$5,000 Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography — for a distinguished biography: • “Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson,” by S. C. Gwynne (Scribner) • “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League,” by Jeff Hobbs (Scribner) • “Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” by Charles Marsh (Knopf) • “The Queen’s Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth’s Court,” by Anna Whitelock (Sarah Crichton) • “Piero’s Light: In Search of Piero della Francesca: A Renaissance Painter and the Revolution in Art, Science, and Religion,” by Larry Witham (Pegasus)
(Courtesy of Scribner) $5,000 ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing — to honor a nonfiction book on the subject of sports: • “Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard,” by John Branch (Norton) • “Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500,” by Art Garner (Thomas Dunne) • “All Fishermen are Liars,” by John Gierach (Simon & Schuster) • “Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World,” by Nicholas Griffin (Scribner) • “Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves,” by James Nestor (Eamon Dolan)
$3,000 Poetry in Translation — for a book-length translation of poetry into English: • “Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream,” by Kim Hyesoon, translated from the Korean by Don Mee Choi (Action) • “I Am the Beggar of the World,” translated from the Pashto by Eliza Griswold (Farrar Straus Giroux) • “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz,” by Juana Inés de la Cruz, translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman (Norton) • “Breathturn into Timestead,” by Paul Celan, translated from the German by Pierre Joris (Farrar Straus Giroux) • “Guantanamo,” by Frank Smith, translated from the Spanish by Vanessa Place (Les Figues)
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