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This year we honor
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of the collection The Tradition (2019), which was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award and the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.
Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her fourth novel, My Education, received a 2014 Lammy Award. Her fifth novel Trust Exercise (April 2019) won the National Book Award for Fiction. Her first book for children is Camp Tiger (May 2019). A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she teaches fiction writing at Yale and lives in Brooklyn.
Toi Derricotte is the author of I: New & Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), which was a finalist for the National Book Award;The Undertaker’s Daughter (2011); and four earlier collections of poetry, including Tender, winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks (W.W. Norton), received the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her honors include, among many others, the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, three Pushcart Prizes, and the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists. Professor Emerita at the University of Pittsburgh, Derricotte co-founded Cave Canem Foundation (with Cornelius Eady); served on the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors, 2012-2017; and currently serves on Cave Canem’s Board of Directors.
Katharine Holabird is the award-winning author of Angelina Ballerina and a new children’s book series about a lovable little fairy called Twinkle. Katharine grew up in a family of architects and artists in Chicago, and as a child she loved to perform and dance with her three sisters. She graduated with a BA in Literature from Bennington College, and started writing children’s books in 1983. Since then, Angelina Ballerina books have sold millions of copies, been translated into 20+ languages, and Angelina has become a children’s classic.
Leslie Jamison was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Los Angeles. A graduate of Harvard College and the Iowa’s Workshop, she is the author of the essay collection The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestseller; the novel The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the memoir The Recovering; and most recently the essay collection, Make it Scream, Make it Burn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and the Oxford American, among others, and she is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn
Donald Stever spent his 50-year career as a prominent environmental lawyer. He is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and was Of Counsel to the law firm K&L Gates LLP, based in the firm’s New York office. He is a widely published author, and his works include, among many others, the multi-volume treatise, Law of Chemical Regulation and Hazardous Waste and an award winning analysis of nuclear power plant licensing, Seabrook and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is a past board chair of the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC, and currently serves on the boards of directors of Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve and Teatown Lake Reservation. He is a founding board member of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and will be retiring as Board Chair at the end of this year.