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Here are the winners of the 2022 PEN America Literary Awards.

Eliza Smith

March 1, 2022, 10:56am

The winners of the 2022 PEN America Literary Awards were presented last night at The Town Hall in New York City, in a ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers. Selected by jury, more than 40 writers and translators were recognized; as a group, they were awarded more than $350,000. You can watch the ceremony here.

Below are this year’s winners:

PEN/Jean Stein Book Award ($75,000)
Judges: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Angie Cruz, Maurice Manning, Steph Opitz

The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly DiseaseDaisy Hernández (Tin House Books)

Finalists: The President and The FrogCarolina De Robertis (Knopf)
The Trees: A NovelPercival Everett (Graywolf Press)
Milk Blood HeatDantiel W. Moniz (Grove Press)
HarrowJoy Williams (Knopf)

Pen Open Book Award ($10,000)
Judges: Jaquira Díaz, Rigoberto González, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Khadijah Queen

Divya Victor (Nightboat Books)

Finalists: Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave RevoltsRebecca Hall (Simon & Schuster)
Antiman: A Hybrid MemoirRajiv Mohabir (Restless Books)
Names for Light: A Family HistoryThirii Myo Kyaw Myint (Graywolf Press)
White MagicElissa Washuta (Tin House Books)

Pen/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection ($25,000)
Judges: Ling Ma, Manuel Muñoz, Oscar Villalon

 Skinship: StoriesYoon Choi (Knopf)

Finalists: Eat the Mouth That Feeds YouCarribean Fragoza (City Lights Books)
Milk Blood HeatDantiel W. Moniz (Grove Press)
Objects of Desire: StoriesClare Sestanovich (Knopf)
Give My Love to the Savages: StoriesChris Stuck (Amistad Press)

Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel ($10,000)
Judges: Zeyn Joukhadar, Téa Obreht, Daniel Torday

Detransition, Baby: A Novel
, Torrey Peters (MCD)

Finalists: Burnt SugarAvni Doshi (The Overlook Press)
Dear Miss Metropolitan: A NovelCarolyn Ferrell (Henry Holt & Company)
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: A NovelHonorée Fanonne Jeffers (Harper)
The Five Wounds: A NovelKirstin Valdez Quade (W.W. Norton & Company)

Pen/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for The Art of the Essay ($15,000)
Judges: Jason DeParle, Hua Hsu, Marilynne Robinson

Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South
Margaret Renkl (Milkweed Editions)

Finalists: A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black PerformanceHanif Abdurraqib (Random House)
Homo Irrealis: EssaysAndré Aciman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Black Paper: Writing in a Dark TimeTeju Cole (University of Chicago Press)
These Precious Days: EssaysAnn Patchett (Harper)

Pen/Voelcker Award For Poetry Collection ($5,000)
Judges: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Lia Purpura, Safiya Sinclair

frank: sonnets
Diane Seuss (Graywolf Press)

Finalists: Yellow Rain: PoemsMai Der Vang (Graywolf Press),
Sho, Douglas Kearney (Wave Books)
Heard-HoardAtsuro Riley (University of Chicago Press)
frank: sonnetsDiane Seuss (Graywolf Press)
MutinyPhillip B. Williams (Penguin Books)

Pen Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000)
Judges: Caro Carter, Michael Favala Goldman, Parisa Saranj

Everything I Don’t KnowJerzy Ficowski (World Poetry Books), translated from the Polish by Jennifer Grotz and Piotr Sommer

Finalists: Exhausted on the CrossNajwan Darwish (New York Review Books), Translated from the Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid · I Name Him Me: Selected Poems of Ma YanMa Yan (Ugly Duckling Presse), Translated from the Chinese by Stephen Nashef · Outgoing Vessel, Ursula Andkjær Olsen (Action Books), Translated from the Danish by Katrine Øgaard Jensen · Ova CompletaSusana Thénon (Ugly Duckling Presse), Translated from Spanish by Rebekah Smith

Pen Translation Prize ($3,000)
Judges: Almiro Andrade, Mayada Ibrahim, Barbara Ofosu-Somuah, Sharon E. Rhodes

Migratory Birds
Mariana Oliver (Transit Books), Translated from the Spanish by Julia Sanches

Finalists: FEM, Magda Cârneci (Deep Vellum), Translated from the Romanian by Sean Cotter
New YearJuli Zeh (World Editions), Translated from the German by Alta L. Price
The Last One: A NovelFatima Daas (Other Press), Translated from the French by Lara Vergnaud
Kaya Days: A NovelCarl de Souza (Two Line Press), Translated from the French by Jeffrey Zuckerman

Pen/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000)
Judges: Jonathan Safran Foer, Michele Harper, Lauren Redniss

Fox & I: Uncommon Friendship
Catherine Raven (Spiegel & Grau)

Finalists: The Memory Thief: And the Secrets Behind What We Remember — A Medical MysteryLauren Aguirre (Pegasus Books)
The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams DeferredChanda Prescod-Weinstein (Bold Type Books)
Believers: Making a Life at the End of the WorldLisa Wells (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Life’s Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be AliveCarl Zimmer (Dutton Books)

Pen/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000)
Judges: Luke Dittrich, Paul Golob, Imani Perry

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler
Rebecca Donner (Little Brown and Company)

Finalists: The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest to End DeafnessKatie Booth (Simon & Schuster)
Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our WorldPhillip Hoare (Pegasus Books)
The Gambler Wife: A True Story of Love, Risk, and the Woman Who Saved DostoyevskyAndrew D. Kaufman (Riverhead Books)
Orwell’s RosesRebecca Solnit (Viking)

Pen/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction ($10,000)
Judges: Emma Copley Eisenberg, Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Chanel Miller, Dagmawi Woubshet

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family’s Keepsake
, Tiya Miles (Random House),Bookshop

Finalists: Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American CityAndrea Elliott (Random House)
Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass IncarcerationReuben Jonathan Miller (Little Brown and Company)
Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993Sarah Schulman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across AmericaClint Smith (Little Brown and Company)

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