The 2018 Neustadt Lit Fest in Photos

Nancy Barcelo, Kathy Neustadt, Edwidge Danticat, and Susan Neustadt Schwartz

The 2018 Neustadt Lit Fest was a celebration of the works of Edwidge Danticat, the 2018 Neustadt Prize winner. In addition to readings, panel discussions, and book signings, the festival also featured Haitian dance performances, Danticat’s keynote talk, and an

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2018 – Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat

“In her work, Danticat addresses how the specter of history haunts the unresolved present and undermines the future; how nationalism and national identity can be sources of both pride and corruption; and how parent-child bonds, no matter how damaged, can

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Jury Announced for the 2019 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

World Literature Today, the award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, has announced who the jury members will be to select the finalists for the renowned NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. The biennial NSK Prize, which will next be awarded

Thursday, April 26, 2018

An Early Look at the 2018 Neustadt Lit Fest Schedule

2017 Neustadt Festival Opening Night. Guests mingle at a reception at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

The Neustadt Lit Fest, a celebration of international books and culture, happens every fall on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Oklahoma. All events are free and open to the public, and we invite people near and far to attend

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Video from the 2017 Neustadt Festival

Take a look back at the 2017 Neustadt Festival, where you can watch inspiring poetry readings by members of the 2018 Neustadt Prize jury and dance performances by students from OU’s Contemporary Dance Oklahoma ensemble. Poets Sasha Pimentel, Major Jackson,

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Photos from the 2017 Neustadt Festival

To easily browse all the photo galleries from the 2017 Neustadt Festival, check out the World Literature Today Flickr albums organized by day. Day One Day one of the 2017 Neustadt Festival was filled with poetry and prose readings from visiting

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Edwidge Danticat is 2018 Winner of Prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature

2018 Neustadt Prize winner Edwidge Danitcat

She paints scenes of immigrant life in New York and Miami with fresh details and palpable familiarity.

Finalists for the 2018 Neustadt International Prize for Literature

Emmanuel Carrère (b. 1957) is a French author, screenwriter, and film director. Carrère studied at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (better known as Sciences Po). Much of his writing, both fiction and nonfiction, centers on the primary themes of

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2018 Neustadt Prize Finalists Announced

Nine nominees chosen for the $50,000 literature award known as “The American Nobel”  NORMAN, Okla. – World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning international literature and culture magazine, has announced the shortlist of finalists for the $50,000 2018 Neustadt

Neustadt in the News: July

Rohinton Mistry. Photo by Shevaun Williams.

Laureates Polish poet and Neustadt laureate Adam Zagajewski has released a new book of prose titled Slight Exaggeration. In this new interview from the Asian Age with Neustadt Prize laureate Dubravka Ugrešić, she shares how she felt “happily confused” when she heard the news about winning

2018 Neustadt Prize Jury

Alisa Ganieva (b. 1985) grew up in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. Her literary debut, the novella Salaam, Dalgat!, won the prestigious Debut Prize in 2009. Also a journalist and literary critic, her first novel, The Mountain and the Wall

Jurors announced for the 2018 Neustadt Prize

NEWS RELEASE Robert Con Davis-Undiano Executive Director, World Literature Today 405-325-4531 [email protected] Jurors announced for the 2018 Neustadt Prize Norman, Okla. (August 2, 2017) – Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Neustadt Professor and executive director of the World Literature Today organization

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Neustadt in the News: June 2017

Laureates Neustadt Prize laureate Adam Zagajewski has been awarded the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature. In this video, the Times of India overviews the best works of Neustadt Prize laureate Rohinton Mistry. The Academy of New Zealand Literature has rounded up a reading

2017 – Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson: Winner of the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature “Marilyn Nelson recognizes that, like gods and nature, words are awesome—impressive, daunting, inspiring great fear and great admiration—and for the rest of her life, up to the present,

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Neustadt in the News: May 2017

Catch up on news about past laureates, finalists, and jurors for the Neustadt and NSK Neustadt Prizes.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Neustadt in the News: April 2017

Naomi Shihab Nye. Photo by Chehalis Hegner

The new double issue of Poetry International, edited by Ilya Kaminsky, is out, and it features works by many Neustadt Prize-affiliated authors including Derek Walcott, Adam Zagajewski, Chris Abani, Li-Young Lee, Valzhyna Mort, and Kwame Dawes. Many Neustadt-affiliated authors—Mia Couto,

Neustadt in the News: March 2017

Laureates March 6 marked what would have been Gabriel García Márquez’s 90th birthday. To honor the Neustadt and Nobel laureate, Latin Times shared these 15 inspirational Gabo quotes.   Jurors In this new interview with Valeria Luiselli, she reflects on

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Neustadt in the News: February 2017

Marilyn Nelson. Photo by Curt Richter.

Laureates In this episode of On Being with Krista Tippett, 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize laureate Marilyn Nelson discusses “communal pondering” and why Americans young and old are turning to poetry with urgency in the present day. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Megan

Neustadt in the News: January 2017

January 2017 cover of WLT that features Dubravka Ugresic

Take a look back at the 2016 Neustadt Festival through our newly released video highlights reel, or listen to these KGOU radio interviews with Neustadt Festival visiting writers and scholars Chad Post, Dragana Obradović, and Ellen Elias-Bursać, who spoke with

Monday, January 30, 2017

2016 Neustadt Festival Highlights Reel

Take a look back at the 2016 Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s internationally renowned magazine, World Literature Today, which took place on the OU Norman campus. The festival featured award-winning writer Dubravka Ugrešić,

Neustadt in the News: December 2016

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Laureates Gabriel García Márquez sent many of his books to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to receive factual and grammatical notes before submitting them to his publisher. The Chronicle of Social Change highlights how NSK laureate Katherine Paterson’s experiences as a

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Neustadt in the News: November 2016

An OU student conversed with Ellen Elias-Bursac and Dubravka Ugresic during the 2016 Neustadt Festival.

“This is a pretty powerful opportunity.” Open Letter Books publisher Chad Post writes for Literary Hub about the unique impact of the Neustadt Prize and the 2016 Neustadt Festival. Read on for more news relating to Neustadt and NSK laureates,

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Neustadt in the News: October 2016

Dubravka Ugresic converses with Dr. Judith Pender

The Neustadt Festival was last week, and Dubravka Ugrešić officially received the 2016 Neustadt Prize at the closing banquet. Marilyn Nelson was also announced as the laureate of the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. Take a look at

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Photos from the 2016 Neustadt Festival

Dubravka Ugrešić with the Neustadt family.

Take a look back at the 2016 Neustadt Festival celebrating Neustadt Prize laureate Dubravka Ugrešić!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Marilyn Nelson Announced as 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature Winner

Marilyn Nelson. Photo by Curt Richter.

Biennial $25,000 prize recognizes a storied literary career exploring history, race relations and feminism in America

Friday, September 30, 2016

Neustadt in the News: September 2016

The Greatest of Marlys

The fiction and nonfiction longlists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence have been announced, and the lists include past Neustadt jurors Rabih Alameddine and Krys Lee and one of this year’s NSK Neustadt Prize finalists, Jacqueline Woodson. Read on

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Neustadt in the News: August 2016

The Great Gilly Hopkins Trailer

Watch the trailer for the movie adaptation of The Great Gilly Hopkins by NSK laureate Katherine Paterson, plus check out how other Neustadt laureates, jurors, and finalists made the news in this month’s Neustadt in the News roundup. Laureates Gabriel García Márquez

Monday, August 1, 2016

Neustadt in the News: July 2016

Naomi Shihab Nye. Photo by Chehalis Hegner

Laureates NSK laureate Naomi Shihab Nye is the current artist in residence at Shangri-La in Hawaii. She’ll be reading at the Kaneohe Public Library on Sunday, August 7 and participating in a presentation on the Poetry of Leadership during her

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Neustadt in the News: June

The Neustadt Prize Feather

  “Tesla owns the expertise on electric cars, Picasso on cubism, and the Neustadt Prize on casting a large net to evaluate international literature in unbiased fashion. And in so doing, the Neustadt Prize has reframed the field for everyone

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2017 NSK Neustadt Prize Jury and Finalists Announced

NSK 2017 hashtag

Nominees for the $25,000 children’s literature award selected by jury panel of their peers.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2017 NSK Jury

2017 NSK Jury

Marjorie Agosín is the Luella Lamer Slainer Professor of Latin American Studies at Wellesley College where she has been teaching for three decades. She is an award-winning poet and essayist and has also edited numerous anthologies in the field of gender and

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2017 NSK Finalists

2017 NSK Finalists

Alma Flor Ada is a Cuban American poet and author of both children’s and adult works in English and Spanish. Growing up among a family of storytellers in Camagüey, Cuba, she would earn her PhD from the Pontificia Universidad Católica

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Reading List: 10 Books by the 2017 NSK Finalists

2017 Reading List Books

Summer break has started and the finalists for the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature have been announced. Help young readers build a diverse summer reading list with these ten books by the finalists! Alma Flor Ada Gold Coin Tales Our

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Facebook Live Announcement of this Year’s Finalists for the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

NSK 2017 hashtag

Join World Literature Today on Facebook tomorrow (6/14) for the live announcement of this year’s list of NSK Neustadt Prize Finalists.   Tune in via our Facebook page ( at 11 a.m. CDT from your computer or mobile device to see if

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Neustadt in the News: May 2016

Patricia Grace. Photo by Shevaun Williams.

Catch up on news about past Neustadt laureates, finalists, and jurors in May 2016.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 Neustadt Festival Dates, Details Announced

Dubravka Ugrešić. Photo by Jerry Braun.

Festival to honor 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature laureate Dubravka Ugrešić and announce the winner of the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

2016 – Dubravka Ugrešić

Dubravka Ugrešić. Photo by Jerry Braun.

“I know of no other writer who has been so adept at translating an experience of war and exile to the observation of the foibles and shortcomings of humankind, to leave the reader feeling, if occasionally somewhat despondent, nevertheless bemused

Friday, April 29, 2016

Neustadt in the News: April 2016

Mia Couto, laureate of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature

Laureates Mozambique author and recent Neustadt Prize laureate Mia Couto writes about the grips of fear and his recent trip to Brazil in this essay from the New York Times. Sweden is promoting a cultural relationship with Nigeria through a

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Neustadt in the News: March 2016

Neustadt jurors Padma Viswanathan, Amit Majmudar, and Jordan Tannahill

Catch up on how recent laureates, jurors, and finalists for the Neustadt and NSK Prizes made the headlines in March! Laureates David Malouf won the 2016 Australian Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Patricia Grace is among the finalists for

Friday, February 26, 2016

Neustadt in the News: February

Octavio Paz

We’re condensing our weekly roundups into a monthly batch of the most interesting news related to Neustadt laureates, and recent jurors and finalists for the prize. See how Neustadt authors made the news this month, and stay tuned for more in

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