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PEN America Announces Literary Award Winners

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PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction ($10,000): For a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective.Judges: Julia Angwin, Rich Benjamin, Jeff Biggers, Charles Duhigg, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Lizzie Stark, and Jessica Valenti
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Crown/Penguin Random House
Matthew Desmond 

PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Awards ($7,500 & $2,500): Three awards which honor a Master American Dramatist, American Playwright in Mid-Career, and Emerging American Playwright. Judges: Oskar Eustis, Michael C. Hall, and Young Jean Lee

Winners:

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Master American Dramatist:
Suzan-Lori Parks

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American Playwright in Mid-Career:
Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Emerging American Playwright:
Thomas Bradshaw

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000): For a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences. Judges: Emily Anthes, Amy Ellis Nutt, Robin Marantz Henig, and Emma Marris

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

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History ($10,000): For an unpublished literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. Judges: Gaiutra Bahadur, Helen Epstein, and Dan Kennedy
Winner:
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Aleksandar Hemon
How Did You Get Here?: Tales of Displacement
(Work in progress)
PEN Open Book Award ($5,000): For an exceptional work of literature by an author of color. Judges: Ishmael Beah, Major Jackson, and Bich Minh Nguyen
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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House
Helen Oyeyemi 

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000): For a distinguished biography. Judges: Evelyn C. White, Joyce Johnson, and Yunte Huang
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Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Joe Jackson

PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry($5,000): For a new and emerging American poet with the promise of further literary achievement Judges: Camille Dungy, Ada Limón, and Patrick Phillips
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The Verging Cities 
Center for Literary Publishing/Colorado State University
Natalie Scenters- Zapico

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000): For a nonfiction book on the subject of sports. Judges: Jay Capsian Jang, Juliet Macur, and David Owen
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Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA 
Portfolio/Penguin Random House
Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss

PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000): For a writer whose body of work represents an exceptional contribution to the field. Judges:Pete Hamill, Sally Jenkins, and Michael Sokolove
news_Bill-Nack-1-199x300Winner:

William Nack

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship($5,000): For an author of children’s or young-adult fiction to complete a book-length work-in-progress. Judges: Margarita Engle, Sharyn November, and Polly Shulman
news_literary-awards_phillippe-diedrich-1-e1487017312116Winner:

Phillippe Diederich
Finding Home at the End of the World
(Available for Publication)

PEN Translation Prize ($3,000): For a book-length translation of prose into English.Judges: Mara Faye Lethem, Jeremy Tiang, Elizabeth Lowe, Annie Tucker, and Dennis Washburn
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Angel of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap
Archipelago Books
translated from the German by Tess Lewis 

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000): For a book-length translation of poetry into English. Judges: Jennifer Grotz, Kyoo Lee, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips
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Pearl: A New Verse Translation 
Liveright/ W.W. Norton & Company
translated from the Middle English bySimon Armitage

PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing ($2,500) To a magazine editor whose high literary standards and taste have, throughout his or her career, contributed significantly to the excellence of the publication he or she edits. Judges: Michael Dumanis, David L. Ulin, and Caitlin McKenna 
news_Guernica_logo-300x102Winner: 

Michael Archer and Joel Whitney
Guernica

PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers ($2,000 to 12 writers): Recognizing twelve emerging fiction writers for their debut short story published in a literary magazine or cultural website in 2016. The twelve winning stories will be published in an anthology titled PEN America Best Debut Short Stories, forthcoming from Catapult. Judges: Marie-Helene Bertino, Kelly Link and Nina McConigley
“Galina” (Fifth Wednesday Journal),  Angela Ajayi 
“The Handler” (Southwest Review),  Amber Caron 
“Tell Me, Please” (The Common), Emily Chammah 
“The Asphodel Meadow” (The Summerset Review), Jim Cole 
“Solee” (The Southern Review), Crystal Hana Kim 
“The Manual Alphabet” (Fence), Samuel Clare Knights
“Goldhawk” (The Malahat Review), Katherine Magyarody 
“A Modern Marriage” (Boston Review), Grace Oluseyi 
“1,000-Year-Old Ghosts” (Hyphen Magazine), Laura Chow Reeve 
“State Facts for the New Age” (The Rumpus), Amy Sauber 
“A Message” (Epiphany: A Literary Journal), Ruth Serven 
“Edwin Chase of Nantucket” (Harvard Review), Ben Shattuck  
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants ($2,000-$4,000) &  PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature ($5,000). Judges: Tynan Kogane, Edna McCown, Fiona McCrae, Canaan Morse, Idra Novey, Allison Markin Powell, Antonio Romani, Chip Rossetti, and Shabnam Nadiya
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 Japenese 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 byMichelle 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 byElisabeth 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 byManjushree Thapa 
This Land That Is Like You by Tobie Nathan, translated from the French by Joyce Zonana 
 
Winners of the following awards will be announced live at the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on March 27.
 
PEN/Jean Stein Book Award ($75,000): To recognize a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact. Judges: The judges serve anonymously until announced at a later date.
    
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Known and Strange Things (Random House), Teju Cole
Olio (Wave Books), Tyehimba Jess
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Random House), Hisham Matar 
Dark Money (Doubleday/Penguin Random House), Jane Mayer 
The Underground Railroad (Doubleday/Penguin Random House), Colson Whitehead
 
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize ($25,000): For a fiction writer whose debut work represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise. Judges: Jami Attenberg, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Randall Kenan, Hanna Pylväinen, and Akhil Sharma
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Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky), Rion Amilcar Scott 
We Show What We Have Learned (Lookout Books/UNC Wilmington), Clare Beams 
The Mothers (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House), Brit Bennett
Homegoing (Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House), Yaa Gyasi 
Hurt People (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux), Cote Smith 
 
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000): For a book of essays that exemplifies the dignity and esteem of the essay form. Judges: Eula Biss, Kiese Laymon, and Paul Steiger
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The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood (Graywolf Press), Belle Boggs
Known and Strange Things (Random House), Teju Cole
A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and The Mind (Simon & Schuster),