The Prizes

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NEUSTADT QUOTES

“Awarding the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature to Adam Zagajewski, the most gifted poetic heir of Miłosz, is like passing on a baton, providing reassurance that Polish poetry is alive and doing well.”—Bogdana Carpenter on 2004 Neustadt Prize Laureate Adam Zagajewski

A Look Back At…

  • Czeslaw Milosz
    1978 - Czesław Miłosz

    "The example of Czesław Miłosz inspires hope. He did that which is now imperative for people leaving the countries of Eastern Europe to do: he preserved his spiritual integrity and made his way back to the motherland."—Tomas Venclova, "Czesław Miłosz: Despair and Grace" (WLT Vol. 52, Summer 1978) Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004) was a poet, writer, and translator who was born in present-day Lithuania. His first book of poetry was published in 1934. After World War II, where he spent his…

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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

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