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Coffee House Press — Nica Carrillo, from left, Publisher Chris Fischbach, Justin Phillip Reed, Erika Stevens and Mandy Medley — celebrated Reed’s win.
"Indecency," by Justin Phillip Reed, has won the National Book Award for poetry, handing Minneapolis publisher Coffee House Press its first National Book Award.
Other winners Wednesday night were Elizabeth Acevedo for "The Poet X," which won for young people's literature; Yoko Tawarda and translator Margaret Mitsutani, for "The Emissary," which won for best book in translation (a new award this year); Jeffrey C. Stewart for "The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke," winner in nonfiction; and "The Friend," by Sigrid Nunez, winner for fiction. (Read the Star Tribune Books section review here.)