The Prizes

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NEUSTADT QUOTES

“If after I read a poem the world looks like that poem for 24 hours or so I’m sure it’s a good one—and the same goes for paintings. ” ― Elizabeth Bishop, 1976 Neustadt Prize Laureate

A Look Back At…

  • Francis Ponge
    1974 - Francis Ponge

    "Verbal humor is one of the more obvious features of Ponge's style. It runs the whole gamut of word play, down to the outrageous sort of pun customarily greeted with a groan. In part, this carries on the systematic surrealist destruction of conventional literature."—Micheal Riffaterre, "Francis Ponge's Poetic of Humor" (Books Abroad Vol. 48, Autumn 1974) Francis Ponge (1899-1988) is a French essayist and poet. He was born in Montpellier and studied at the world-renowned Sorbonne. His…

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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

“Doyle’s great gift, I feel is that he charts for us one small corner of the world and, in doing so, reveals that it is no more out-of-the-way than anywhere else, really, once you give it a listen. He puts that one small place on the map and does so with humor and a great feeling of shared humanity.”—Tim Wynne-Jones, “A Tribute to Brian Doyle,” WLT Vol. 80, May 2006