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…

  • Edwidge Danticat
    2018 – Edwidge Danticat

    “In her work, Danticat addresses how the specter of history haunts the unresolved present and undermines the future; how nationalism and national identity can be sources of both pride and corruption; and how parent-child bonds, no matter how damaged, can be redemptive. Danticat’s work is usually focused on her native Haiti—a Haiti of vengeance and violence and aching poverty but also of astonishing courage, love, and even magic. Danticat’s Haiti is the physical half-island of Hispaniola…

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A Look Back At…

  • Virginia Euwer Wolff. Photo by Simon Hurst
    2011 – Virginia Euwer Wolff

    "If you ever want to connect or reconnect with what it was like to view the world with a child’s sense of wonder, just read one of Virginia Euwer Wolff’s books."—Nancy Barcelo Virginia Euwer Wolff (b. 1937) was born in Oregon. She lived in Portland with her family, who owned an apple orchard. In 1945, she began violin lessons, which fermented a love of music that still exists to this day. After graduating from Smith College, she taught school, reared two children, and attended…

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NSK Quotes

“All stories are, in some form, prayers.” ― Brian Doyle