The Prizes

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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…

  • 1996 - Assia Djebar

    "...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) Assia Djebar (b. 1936) is the pen name of Fatima-Zohra Imalayen. She was born in a small coastal town in Algeria, where her father taught French. In 1955, she was the first woman to be accepted into the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where she published her first novel in 1957. Her pen name…

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A Look Back At…

  • 2013 - Naomi Shihab Nye

    “With her powerful vision and high-quality poetry, fiction, and young-adult literature, Ms. Nye may be one of the most complete and accomplished writers in the world.”—Roberto Con Davis Undiano, Executive Director of World Literature Today Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952) is an American author and poet. Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, Nye grew up straddling the lines between diverse cultures, a theme that would heavily influence her poetry. She began composing her first…

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NSK Quotes

“Rise to the occasion which is life!” — Virginia Euwer Wolff, 2011 NSK Laureate