The Prizes

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NEUSTADT QUOTES

“Like Franz Kafka, Josef Škvorecký is a man who writes in a minor language and has become, in translation, the spokesman for the mind and soul of people in far greater numbers than the original language could have reached.” — Arnošt Lustig on the 1980 Neustadt Prize Laureate Josef Škvorecký

A Look Back At…

  • Duo Duo. Photo by Simon Hurst.
    2010 - Duo Duo

    "Duo Duo remains a poet's poet."—Michelle Yeh, "'Monologue of a Stormy Soul': The Poetry and Poetics of Duo Duo, 1972-1988" (WLT Vol. 85, March 2011) Duo Duo 多多 (b. 1951) is the pen name of Li Shizheng. He started writing poetry in the early 1970s as a youth during the isolated, midnight hours of the Cultural Revolution, and many of his early poems critiqued the Cultural Revolution from an insider’s point of view in a highly sophisticated, original style. Often considered part of…

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A Look Back At…

  • Meshack Asare. Photo by Shevaun Williams.
    2015 - Meshack Asare

    “Meshack Asare is more than a son of Ghana; having retold tales from other African countries, such as Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, he is a storyteller of the continent. His oeuvre has provided generations of children on the continent with intelligent, resonant stories that have entertained and enriched in equal measure.” – Nii Ayikwei Parkes, in his nominating statement Meshack Asare is a gifted Ghanaian author-illustrator who has won international acclaim for a rare…

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NSK Quotes

“For [Vera B.] 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