Kamau Brathwaite to receive the PEN/ Voelcker Award

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The 2018 PEN America Literary Awards will honor Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite, who will receive the PEN/ Voelcker Award. “The PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry is given in even-numbered years to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature. The poet honored by the award is one whom expanded the scope of American poetry, and who continues to mature with each successive volume of poetry.” Award winners will accept their prizes at the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 20, at the NYU Skirball Center near Washington Square Park. See post by PEN America below:

PEN America announced today that it will honor legendary author and LGBT cultural pioneer Edmund White with the annual PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. The 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature will go to Irish novelist Edna O’Brien, whose acclaimed work broke down social and sexual barriers for women in Ireland and beyond.

PEN America will also honor poet Kamau Brathwaite with the PEN/ Voelcker Award, translator Barbara Harshav with the PEN/ Manheim Medal for Translation, and author Dave Kindred with the PEN/ ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. The PEN/ Laura Pels Foundation for Theater Awards will be conferred on playwrights Luis Alfaro for Master American Dramatist, Sibyl Kempson for American Dramatist in Mid-Career, and Mike Lew for Emerging American Playwright.

White, O’Brien, and PEN America’s other career achievement award winners will accept their prizes at the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 20, at the NYU Skirball Center near Washington Square Park. Featuring readings, performances, and edge-of-your-seat live announcements of the winners for the year’s prizes, this annual celebration of literature and free expression has become one the city’s premier literary events drawing the biggest names and the hottest new voices in literature. [. . .]

A full list of finalists for the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards is available at https://pen.org/2018finalists/. All book award winners will be announced live at the ceremony. Tickets to the ceremony are available to the public at: http://tickets.nyu.edu/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=7748

For more information, see https://pen.org/press-release/pen-america-honor-edmund-white-edna-obrien-lifetime-achievement/

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