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Here’s the longlist for the 2021 National Book Award for Poetry.

Emily Temple

September 16, 2021, 10:15am

Today, the National Book Foundation announced their longlist for the 2021 National Book Award for Poetry. This year’s longlist is made up almost entirely of first-timers—with the exception of Forrest Gander, who was longlisted in 2018 for his poetry collection Be With.

This year’s judges for the National Book Award in Poetry are Don Mee Choi, Natalie Diaz, Matthea Harvey, A. Van Jordan, and Ilya Kaminsky. The finalists will be announced on October 5, and the winners will be honored at the 72nd National Book Awards Ceremony on November 17.

Here’s the longlist:

Threa Almontaser, The Wild Fox of Yemen
Graywolf Press

Baba Badji, Ghost Letters
Parlor Press

Desiree C. Bailey, What Noise Against the Cane
Yale University Press

CM Burroughs, Master Suffering
Tupelo Press

Andrés Cerpa, The Vault
Alice James Books

Martín Espada, Floaters
W. W. Norton & Company

Forrest Gander, Twice Alive
New Directions

Douglas Kearney, Sho
Wave Books

Hoa Nguyen, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure
Wave Books

Jackie Wang, The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void
Nightboat Books

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