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2021 Whiting Awards

Apr 14 - Apr 04 | Wed |

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The Whiting Awards, deemed "The Crystal Ball of the Literary World" by Vanity Fair, are one of the most prestigious literary awards, as well as one of the largest monetarily ($50,000 each), designated for emerging and rising talents. Past Whiting Award winners swept the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes in literature: Jericho Brown in poetry (The Tradition), Anne Boyer in nonfiction (The Undying), Colson Whitehead in fiction (The Nickel Boys), and Michael R. Jackson in drama (A Strange Loop); additionally, Will Arbery was a finalist in the drama category (Heroes of the Fourth Turning) and Mary Ruefle was a finalist in poetry (Dunce). And Don Mee Choi won the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry (DMZ Colony). The ten new winners of the Whiting Awards will be unveiled this Wednesday, April 14th at a free, virtual ceremony, featuring a keynote by two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a 2005 Whiting Award, and brief readings from each winner, introduced by 2015 Whiting Award winner Elena Passarello.

Venue: Virtual