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All the poets on the longlist for the National Book Award for Poetry are first timers.

Rasheeda Saka

September 17, 2020, 10:15am

And now, it’s the time for the poets! Today, the National Book Foundation announced the longlist for the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry. The National Book Awards, created in 1950, is the most prestigious literary prize in the United States, rewarding bold and cogent writing. According to the National Book Foundation’s press release, the longlist includes emerging talents, mid-career writers, and traditionally-established poets; all the poets on the longlist are newcomers to the National Book Awards.

The finalists will be revealed on October 6th, and the winners will be announced live at the virtual National Book Awards Ceremony on November 18th. Congrats to all!


2020 Longlist for the National Book Awards for Poetry

Rick Barot, The Galleons

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A Treatise on Stars

Lillian-Yvonne Bertman, Travesty Generator

Tommye Blount, Fantasia for the Man in Blue

Victoria Chang, Obit

Don Mee Choi, DMZ Colony

Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha

Eduardo C. Corral, Guillotine

Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Age of Phillis

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