Courtesy of the Whiting Foundation
Fair Warning: It can be difficult to find some of the winners of the 2019 Whiting Award on the shelves of your local bookstore. Most of the aspiring writers have little more than a widely used book. Some of them do not even have that.
But what the 10 new Whiting recipients lack in release credits and international prizes is more than offset by talent and promise, at least in the view of the judges, who give each of them $ 50,000 the hope of giving the winners a "first opportunity to fully devote themselves to writing, and recognition has a significant impact."
The winners announced Wednesday in a ceremony in New York City. Listed in alphabetical order are: the poet Kayleb Rae Candrilli, the poet Tyree Daye, the writer Hernan Diaz, the playwright Michael R. Jackson, the nonfiction author Terese Marie Mailhot, the nonfiction writer Nadia Owusu, the short play author Nafissa Thompson-Spiers, the writer Merritt Tierce, poet Vanessa Angélica Villarreal and playwright Lauren Yee.
"Every year, our anonymous expert-nominated body points out some of the most exciting and important work being done today," said Courtney Hodell, who honors it, said in a statement Wednesday. "These names may be new to us, but they write the future of literature in this country."
If the above names are somewhat difficult for the average reader to recognize Names on the list they join – the list of winners that go back to the beginning of the 1985 price – no such question. Colson Whitehead, David Foster Wallace, Lydia Davis, Jonathan Franzen and Tracy K. Smith, among others, won the Whiting before they could see their dust jackets in bookstores around the world.
Here's a few short introductions to this year's winners, paired with what the Whiting judges had to say about their work.
Kayleb Rae Candrillis Memoirs in Verses, What Runs Over is a portrait of an upbringing in abandoned rural Pennsylvania, which, according to Whiting Judges, shows "cruel mercy because of the violence and isolation of growing up revealed to a trans person. "
The judges declare Tyree Daye 's River Hymns a collection of poems that offers "images of a river life in a clear, clear, unexpected and often memorable language: imaging highest order. "  Hernan Diaz – his deb ut novel, In the Distance last year was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN / Faulkner Prize for Fiction – it's about " exploring two types of wilderness: the immense taxation of the American West and the still-developing inwardness of a Swedish immigrant desperately seeking a way home. "
In a premiere for Whiting became Michael R. Jackson awarded for his work in musicals. (Tony Kushner, a recipient of Whiting's 1990, wrote up to his win not Caroline or Change .) Jackson's work, A Strange Loop which premiered in New York City May "is robust intelligent, relentlessly honest, dizzying Screwballs and a sheer joy. "
Terese Marie Mailhot a Canadian writer from First Nation, took her own life story in a debut memoir, Heart, on Berries, which have "an unyielding and unyielding commitment, an unlikely – that is, entirely human-female narrator to create "'s debut non-fiction book has not even been published yet, but the city book's lyrical essay book, So Devilish a Fire drew the attention of the whiting- Judge on himself. They describe it as a "profound meditation on rootlessness, hybridity, and resilience."
This may well be a name recognized by literary observers: Nafissa Thompson-Spiers . Her short film collection "Heads of the Colored People" was shortlisted for the National Book Award last year and nominated for the Kirkus Award. Judges say she writes with a "bold new voice – young, talented, black, not afraid of her own contradictions and powerful enough to take the writer to where she wants to go"
Richter described Merritt Tierce & # 39; s debut novel, Love Me Back as "clear-eyed, dark-hearted and disturbingly funny." The author was honored in 2013 on the list of the 5 under 35 of the National Book Foundation.
In their book Beast Meridian judges say that the poet uses Vanessa Angélica Villarreal lines that "burns" anger and sympathy "in a work that turns readers into one
playwright Lauren Yee who is among the most prolific receivers of 2019. " examines the legacy of the Khmer Rouge in a play Cambodian Rock Band ] that also deals with the dynamics of father-daughter relationships and the joyous heritage of Cambodian pop music. "