We're proud to announce that two of SPD's most beloved authors Cathy Park Hong and John Keene have each been recognized with a $165,000 individual prize to support their writing.
"Deft, edgy, dystopic, assiduous in their loathing of the famous fascination of the exotic, Cathy Park Hong's poems burst forth in searing flashes of ire and insight. She gives no quarter to either Korean or English. Without creative interference, without mistranslation, language to her is history's 'cracked' thorax, a resented 'dictation,' and a constant personal embarrassment. Her poems are 'islands without flags,' 'the ocean a slate gray/ along the wolf-hued sand.' TRANSLATING MO'UM is striking both for its stabbingly original, vinegary images and its ruthless honesty: Hong being that rare thing, a poet as rigorous in her self-scrutiny as in her cultural confrontations"--Calvin Bedient
(1913 Press, 2006)
by John Keene and Christopher Stackhouse
(formerly an SPD title, this book is now out of print)
"This exquisite collaboration goes beyond a linear mutual appreciation: poet likes artist's work-artist likes poet's work. In Seismosis, Keene & Stackhouse present an interwoven, intersecting conversation between one another and their art forms. We read the poems and see the drawings-we read the drawings and see the poems, as the collaborators make use of space, line, and textural performance in one multimedia framework. Here, two men's boyish charms and haunting playfulness create a three-dimensional canvas out of thinking inscriptions." -Tracie Morris
The director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes at Yale University made the call of a lifetime to eight unsuspecting writers this week, and informed them that they will bThis year's recipients of one of the world's richest literature prizes for the first time include poets, alongside writers of fiction, nonfiction, and drama. The awards will be conferred in September at an international literary festival at Yale, celebrating the honored writers and introducing them to new audiences.
Established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of forty years, Sandy M. Campbell, the Prizes are celebrating their fifth year of existence. English language writers from anywhere in the world are eligible. Prize recipients are nominated confidentially and judged anonymously. The call that Prize recipients receive from program director Michael Kelleher is the first time that they have learned of their consideration.
The Windham-Campbell Prizes are administered by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale.