The Prizes

NEUSTADT QUOTES

“Kamau Brathwaite, a towering poet, has moved from the margins of language and history, from the peripheral realm of ”the other exiles,’ to the center of civilization, affecting a renaissance of oral poetry and remaking of the poetic world.” – H. H. Anniah Gowda on 1994 Neustadt Prize Laureate Kamau Brathwaite

A Look Back At…

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

    “Some critics have called Mia Couto ‘the smuggler writer,’ a sort of Robin Hood of words who steals meanings to make them available in every tongue, forcing apparently separate worlds to communicate. Within his novels, each line is like a small poem.” – Gabriella Ghermandi, Couto's nominating juror One of the most prominent writers in Portuguese-speaking Africa, Mia Couto was born in 1955 in Beira, Mozambique. Couto studied medicine and biology in Maputo and began his literary…

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A Look Back At…

  • 2013 - Naomi Shihab Nye

    “With her powerful vision and high-quality poetry, fiction, and young-adult literature, Ms. Nye may be one of the most complete and accomplished writers in the world.”—Roberto Con Davis Undiano, Executive Director of World Literature Today Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952) is an American author and poet. Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, Nye grew up straddling the lines between diverse cultures, a theme that would heavily influence her poetry. She began composing her first…

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NSK Quotes

[Virginia Euwer] Wolff has a level of excellence in her use of pitch perfect language, form, and imagery that is unique and fitting to each story, [in] novels that move readers with the grace of acceptance and forgiveness, the luminosity of hope.” — Suzanne Fisher Staples