The Prizes

NEUSTADT QUOTES

“Finnish is not a language, it is a way of setting at the end of the bench with your fur cap pulled over your ears.” ― Paavo Haavikko, 1984 Neustadt Prize Laureate

A Look Back At…

  • Mia Couto, laureate of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature
    2014 - Mia Couto

    “Some critics have called Mia Couto ‘the smuggler writer,’ a sort of Robin Hood of words who steals meanings to make them available in every tongue, forcing apparently separate worlds to communicate. Within his novels, each line is like a small poem.” – Gabriella Ghermandi, Couto's nominating juror One of the most prominent writers in Portuguese-speaking Africa, Mia Couto was born in 1955 in Beira, Mozambique. Couto studied medicine and biology in Maputo and began his literary…

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A Look Back At…

  • Marilyn Nelson
    2017 – Marilyn Nelson

    Marilyn Nelson: Winner of the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature “Marilyn Nelson recognizes that, like gods and nature, words are awesome—impressive, daunting, inspiring great fear and great admiration—and for the rest of her life, up to the present, she invites young readers to share in the awe, so their lives may be altered ultimately for the better.” – Hayan Charara Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of some twenty books and five chapbooks of poetry…

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NSK Quotes

“The passion to teach, to share deeply experienced “lessons from life,” is embedded in all literature.” ― Vera B. Williams