The longlist of nominees for the National Book Award for Poetry have been released by the National Book Foundation. The nominees include two previous award winners, Terrance Hayes and Marilyn Hacker; the latter won forty years ago. The list also features Robin Coste Lewis, a debut poet. The nominees are:
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
Scattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler
A Stranger’s Mirror: New and Selected Poems,1994-2014 by Marilyn Hacker
How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes
The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield
Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis
Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón
Elegy for a Broken Machine by Patrick Phillips
Heaven by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts by Lawrence Raab
Established poets have been set as the judges, which will include: Sherman Alexie, Willie Perdomo, Kartha Pollitt, Tim Seibles, and Jan Weissmiller. The short list for the final nominees will be released on October 14, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 18. The long lists of nominees in Young People’s Literature was released on September 14. Keep your eyes peeled for the longlist in nonfiction and fiction, to be released later this week.
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