The Prizes

NEUSTADT QUOTES

“By approaching language through poetry and passion he deals with a universal fact—there is no culture without language, and language belongs to all of us—through feelings (sensuousness, sexual passion) that are also our common heritage.” — Manuel Durán on 1982 Neustadt Prize Laureate Octavio Paz

A Look Back At…

  • Nuruddin Farrah
    1998 - Nuruddin Farah

    "It is through intertextuality that he extends his literary and philosophical referents to make postcolonial Somali culture part of a cosmopolitan discourse that is a crucial ingredient of what it means to be African in the modern world."—Simon Gikandi, "Nuruddin Farahand Postcolonial Textuality" (WLT Vol. 72, Autumn 1998) Nuruddin Farah (b. 1945) was born in the Italian-ruled southern region of Somalia, Baidoa. His mother was a traditional storyteller, and his father was a merchant who…

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A Look Back At…

  • 2009 – Vera B. Williams

    "For Williams, writing begins and ends with being immersed in the human condition, and out of the world springs the text, refined by craft and discipline."—Daniel Simon, WLT March 2010 Vera B. Williams (b. 1927) was born in California, but moved to New York City when she was a young child. It was there that she tailored her love of the arts, studying dance, acting, and painting. She attended Black Mountain Arts College in North Carolina, where she studied graphic arts. Her career as an…

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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