The Prizes

NEUSTADT QUOTES

“…we are lauding her here because she has given weeping its words and longing its lyrics.”—William Gass, “Encomium for Assia Djebar, 1996 Neustadt Laureate” (WLT Vol. 40, Autumn 1996)

A Look Back At…

  • 1990 - Tomas Tranströmer

    “He has been able to breathe life into the most uninspiring realities of modern existence and in this way has significantly broadened the scope of our poetic vision of the world.” – Jaan Kaplinski, from his 1990 nominating statement for Tranströmer Tomas Tranströmer (born 15 April 1931 in Stockholm) is a Swedish writer, poet and translator, who has sold thousands of volumes in his native country, and whose poetry has been translated into over sixty languages. He has published ten…

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A Look Back At…

  • 2003 – Mildred D. Taylor

    "As the first recipient of this landmark prize, Mildred D. Taylor will help remind the world of the importance — in fact, the urgency — of high quality children's and young adult literature. She is a superb and deeply moving writer, and her selection as the first NSK laureate will set a very high standard for the many NSK awards that will follow."—Robert Con Davis-Undiano, World Literature Today executive director Mildred D. Taylor (b. 1943) was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but her…

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NSK Quotes

“Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.” ― Katherine Paterson