Jurors announced for the 2018 Neustadt Prize

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Robert Con Davis-Undiano
Executive Director, World Literature Today
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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 at the University of Oklahoma, this week announced the names of nine jurors chosen to select the winner of the 2018 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

Davis-Undiano called this group “one of the most prestigious Neustadt juries ever.”  Each juror will nominate one writer to be the 2018 Neustadt Prize winner.

The jurors are Alisa Ganieva, a Russian novelist from Dagestan; Major Jackson, an American poet; Adnan Mahmutović, a Bosnian-Swedish novelist and literary scholar; Dipika Mukherjee, a linguist and writer who is equally at home in the United States, India and Malaysia;Achy Obejas, a Cuban-American writer and translator; Ladan Osman, a Somali-born poet and teacher; Sasha Pimentel, a Filipina poet with roots in Manila, Saudi Arabia, and the American Southwest; Zia Haider Rahman, a British novelist; and Mahtem Shiferraw, an Ethiopian-born poet.

The finalists for the 2018 Neustadt International Prize will be announced at 11a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5 as part of a special event that will be broadcast live on the WLT Facebook page.

The jury will convene on Nov. 9 during the annual Neustadt Festival in Norman, Oklahoma, to select a prize winner. The Neustadt winner will be announced at a special event on Nov. 9.

The prestigious Neustadt Prize may be awarded to a living writer anywhere in the world working in any literary form or genre.

The biennial Neustadt Prize recognizes great accomplishments in literature and is frequently known as “America’s Nobel” for its reputation as a forerunner to the Swedish Academy’s annual selections.

First given in 1970 to Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti, the Neustadt since has included Nobel Prize in Literature recipients Gabriel García Márquez, Czesław Miłosz, Octavio Paz, and Bob Dylan, as well as many well-known novelists, poets, and playwrights.

The 2016 Neustadt Prize was awarded to Dubravka Ugrešić, who currently lives in the Netherlands.

The Neustadt Prize is given in alternating years with the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.

The 2017 NSK Prize winner is poet, translator, and children’s author Marilyn Nelson. Nelson will receive $25,000, a silver medallion, and a certificate of recognition at the 2017 Neustadt Festival hosted in her honor.

More information about the Neustadt Festival, including full biographies of the jurors, can be obtained by visiting neustadtprize.org or by calling (405) 325-4531.

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About the Neustadt International Prize for Literature
The Neustadt International Prize for Literature is a biennial award sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today. The Prize consists of $50,000, a replica of an eagle feather cast in silver and a certificate. A generous endowment from the Neustadt family of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Dallas ensures the award in perpetuity. It is the first international literary award of this scope to originate in the United States and is one of the very few international prizes for which poets, novelists and playwrights are equally eligible.

About World Literature Today
Founded in 1927, World Literature Today is the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning magazine of international literature and culture. The mission of World Literature Today is to serve the international, state and university communities by achieving excellence as a literary publication, a sponsor of literary prizes and a cultural center for students. Now in its ninth decade of continuous publication, World Literature Today has been recognized by the Nobel Prize committee as one of the “best edited and most informative literary publications” in the world and was recently called “an excellent source of writings from around the globe by authors who write as if their lives depend on it” (Utne Reader).

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