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2009 PEN Beyond Margins Award Winners Announced

penamerican.jpgToday the PEN American Center announced the winners of the 2009 PEN Beyond Margins Award. Honored for writing “outstanding books by writers of color,” three authors will receive $1,000 and be featured at a December celebration.

The three recipients are: Uwem Akpan for “Say You’re One of Them” and Juan Felipe Herrera for “Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems,” and Lily Hoang for “Changing.” National Book Critics Circle president Jane Ciabattari will host the 2009 Beyond Margins Celebration at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on December 2.

Earlier this year, GalleyCat interviewed Herrera about his work. Here’s more from the release: “The Beyond Margins Award is one of the many ways in which the Open Book Program encourages racial and ethnic diversity within the literary and publishing communities. The Open Book Committee works to increase the literature by, for, and about African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, Latin, and Native Americans, and to establish access for these groups to the publishing industry.”

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Poetry Showdown at New York Magazine

In honor of National Poetry Month, New York Magazine pitted the poetry and ideas of Juan Felipe Herrera (“Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems”) against August Kleinzahler (“Sleeping It Off in Rapid City: Poems”).

Both poets were finalists at the National Book Critics Circle Awards, winning the first shared poetry award in the prestigious prize’s history. If you need more, GalleyCat held this video interview Herrera after the awards ceremony.

Here’s a Kleinzahler quote from the article: “What little of real originality is out there is drowning in the waste products spewing from graduate writing programs like the hog farm waste that recently overflowed its holding tanks in the wake of Hurricane Isabel, fouling the Carolina countryside and poisoning everything in its path.” (Via FSG Poetry Blog)