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
Baba Badji, Ghost Letters
Desiree C. Bailey, What Noise Against the Cane
Yale University Press
CM Burroughs, Master Suffering
Andrés Cerpa, The Vault
Alice James Books
Martín Espada, Floaters
W. W. Norton & Company
Forrest Gander, Twice Alive
Douglas Kearney, Sho
Hoa Nguyen, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure
Jackie Wang, The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void