The Loft Literary Center has announced the winners of the McKnight Artist Fellowships. This year's $25,000 grants goes to four writers of creative prose, and to one writer for children. Out of 119 applications, the prose winners are:
Susanne Aspley, Shannon Gibney, Josh Ostergaard and Susan Power. The winner in children's literature is Kelly Barnhill.
Honorable mentions are Danielle Sosin, Nancy Scott Hanway, Tami Mohamed Brown, Eric Vrooman, Megan Atwood, Laura Salas and Lynne Jonell.
Aspley's debut novel, "Ladyboy and the Volunteer," was published in 2014. She lives in Excelsior.
Susan Power is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is Yanktonia Dakota and the author of "The Grass Dancer" and "Sacred Wilderness."
Josh Ostergaard is the author of "The Devil's Snake Curve," published by Coffee House Press. His work has appeared in the New Yorker. He holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and works for Graywolf Press.
Shannon Gibney lives in Minneapolis. She has a book forthcoming from Lerner Publications.
Kelly Barnhill is the author of a number of books for young people, including "The Witch's Boy" and "The Mostly True Story of Jack."
Marlon James of Macalester College and Claudia Rankine, published by Graywolf Press, are both finalists for a PEN Literary Award. Star Tribune file photo.
The PEN literary awards longlist was announced today, with titles by Minneapolis publishers Graywolf Press and Coffee House Press on the list. Winners will be announced May 13 and will be honored at a ceremony in June in New York City.
Here are the finalists, with links to Star Tribune reviews when available:
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction ($25,000):
The UnAmericans (W. W. Norton & Company), Molly Antopol
Ruby (Hogarth), Cynthia Bond
Black Moon (Hogarth), Kenneth Calhoun
Redeployment (Penguin Press), Phil Klay
Ride Around Shining (Harper), Chris Leslie-Hynan
The Dog (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Jack Livings
The Wives of Los Alamos (Bloomsbury), TaraShea Nesbit
The Heaven of Animals (Simon & Schuster), David James Poissant
Love Me Back (Doubleday), Merritt Tierce
Time of the Locust (Atria Books), Morowa Yejidé
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000)
Moral Imagination (Princeton University Press), David Bromwich
Theater of Cruelty (New York Review Books), Ian Buruma
Loitering (Tin House Books), Charles D’Ambrosio
Surrendering Oz (Etruscan Press), Bonnie Friedman
The Hard Way on Purpose (Scribner), David Giffels
Where Have You Been? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Michael Hofmann
The Empathy Exams (Graywolf Press), Leslie Jamison
Sidewalks (Coffee House Press), Valeria Luiselli
Limber (Sarabande Books), Angela Pelster
You Feel So Mortal (University Of Chicago Press), Peggy Shinner
PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000):
War of the Whales (Simon & Schuster), Joshua Horwitz
How We Got to Now (Riverhead Books), Steven Johnson
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons (Little, Brown and Company), Sam Kean
The Sixth Extinction (Henry Holt and Co.), Elizabeth Kolbert
Small (Dartmouth College Press), Catherine Musemeche MD
The Age of Radiance (Scribner), Craig Nelson
Proof (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Adam Rogers
The Copernicus Complex (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Caleb Scharf
Arrival of the Fittest (Current), Andreas Wagner
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction ($10,000):
Our Declaration (Liveright), Danielle Allen
All the Truth Is Out (Alfred A. Knopf), Matt Bai
League of Denial (Crown Archetype), Mark Fainaru-Wada & Steve Fainaru
Five Days at Memorial (Crown), Sheri Fink
The Big Truck That Went By (Palgrave Macmillan), Jonathan M. Katz
This Changes Everything (Simon & Schuster), Naomi Klein
The Bill of the Century (Bloomsbury), Clay Risen
The Impulse Society (Bloomsbury), Paul Roberts
A Chance to Win (Henry Holt and Co.), Jonathan Schuppe
Powers of Two (Eamon Dolan Books), Joshua Wolf Shenk
PEN Open Book Award ($5,000):
An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press), Rabih Alameddine
Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Charles M. Blow
Team Seven (Doubleday), Marcus Burke
Every Day Is for the Thief (Random House), Teju Cole
An Untamed State (Black Cat), Roxane Gay
Streaming (Coffee House Press), Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Kinder Than Solitude (Random House), Yiyun Li
Citizen (Graywolf Press), Claudia Rankine
The Fateful Apple (Urban Poets and Lyricists), Venus Thrash
The City Son (Soho Press), Samrat Upadhyay
PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000):
Updike (Harper), Adam Begley
Isabella (Nan A. Talese), Kirstin Downey
Rebel Yell (Scribner), S. C. Gwynne
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace (Scribner), Jeff Hobbs
John Quincy Adams (Harper), Fred Kaplan
Strange Glory (Alfred A. Knopf), Charles Marsh
Becoming Richard Pryor (Harper), Scott Saul
The Queen's Bed (Sarah Crichton Books), Anna Whitelock
Victoria (Penguin Press), A. N. Wilson
Piero's Light (Pegasus Books), Larry Witham
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000):
Boy on Ice (W. W. Norton & Company), John Branch
Why Football Matters (Penguin Press), Mark Edmundson
Black Noon (Thomas Dunne Books), Art Garner
All Fishermen are Liars (Simon & Schuster), John Gierach
Ping-Pong Diplomacy (Scribner), Nicholas Griffin
Bird Dream (Penguin Press), Matt Higgins
Thrown (Sarabande Books), Kerry Howley
Deep (Eamon Dolan Books), James Nestor
Life Is a Wheel (Scribner), Bruce Weber
PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000):
Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream by Kim Hyesoon (Action Books), Don Mee Choi
Love Poems by Bertolt Brecht (Liveright), David Constantine & Tom Kuhn
I Am the Beggar of the World (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Eliza Griswold
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz by Juana Inés de la Cruz (W. W. Norton & Company), Edith Grossman
Where Are the Trees Going? by Venus Khoury-Ghata (Curbstone Books), Marilyn Hacker
Breathturn into Timestead by Paul Celan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Pierre Joris
Guantanamo by Frank Smith (Les Figues Press), Vanessa Place
Skin by Tone Škrjanec (Tavern Books), Matthew Rohrer & Ana Pepelnik
Diana's Tree by Alejandra Pizarnik (Ugly Duckling Presse), Yvette Siegert
Autoepitaph by Reinaldo Arenas (University Press of Florida), Kelly Washbourne
PEN Translation Prize ($3,000):
Trans-Atlantyk by Witold Gombrowicz (Yale/Margellos), Danuta Borchardt
The Gray Notebook by Josep Pla (New York Review Books), Peter Bush
The Symmetry Teacher by Andrei Bitov (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Polly Gannon
The Master of Confessions by Thierry Cruvellier (Ecco), Alex Gilly
The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Anna Kushner
I Ching (Viking Books), John Minford
Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt (Two Lines Press), Denise Newman
Texas: The Great Theft by Carmen Boullosa (Deep Vellum Publishing), Samantha Schnee
Self-Portrait in Green by Marie NDiaye (Two Lines Press), Jordan Stump
The Woman Who Borrowed Memories by Tove Jansson (New York Review Books), Thomas Teal & Silvester Mazzarella
The five finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction were announced today. The winner will be named on May 2. Among the finalists are Jeffery Renard Allen, whose novel, "Song of the Shank," was published by Graywolf Press of Minneapolis.
Here's the list:
Jeffery Renard Allen, "Song of the Shank."
Jennifer Clement, "Prayers for the Stolen."
Atticus Lish, "Preparation for the Next Life."
Emily St. John Mandel, "Station Eleven."
Jenny Offill, "Department of Speculation."
The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction has announced its long list today. The 20 titles were selected from 165 nominees; to be considered, the novel must have been written by a woman and published in the United Kingdom between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015.
Last year's winner, "A Girl is a half-Formed Thing," by Eimear McBride, was published in the United States by Coffee House Press of Minneapolis.
Here is this year's long list, with links to Star Tribune reviews, when available. The short list will be announced in April, and the winner in June.
Emma Healey: Elizabeth is Missing
Emily St. John Mandel: Station Eleven
Grace McCleen: The Offering
Sandra Newman: The Country of Ice Cream Star
Heather O’Neil: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
The bad news is that Poet Richard Blanco, who was to appear in the Twin Cities later this month for the Pen Pals Reading Series, has been forced to cancel his appearnce due to a "non-life-threatening health issue."
The good news is that storyteller Kevin Kling has agreed to fill in for Blanco. He'll be introduced by poet Ed Bok Lee for the performance of 7:30 p.m. March 12, and by Minnesota poet laureate Joyce Sutphen at 11 a.m. on March 13.
If you have a ticket and can't make the event, Friends of the Hennepin County Library will issue you a refund.
If you don't have a ticket, they're still available, and you can get one online here or by calling 612-543-8112.
Tickets are $40-$50. Tickets are also still availble for Jodi Picoult in April, and Chip Kidd in May.
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