National Book Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the National Book Award were announced today. The list for poetry is a decent mix of well-known names, including Alan Shapiro, and some lesser known names.

Here is the full list for poetry:

David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations(University of Chicago Press)

Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies (Southern Illinois University Press)

Tim Seibles, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press)

Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Susan Wheeler, Meme (University of Iowa Press)

For the most part, most of the books on the list come from large indie presses, but there is one smaller press mentioned ,Etruscan Press, which is run through the Graduate Creative Writing program of Wilkes University, where I received my M.F.A. I got to do some work with Etruscan during my last semester, including having the opportunity to make study guides for some of the books. It’s a well-run press with a small, dedicated staff, so kudos to them, and I hope Tim Seibles’ book wins. What’s especially impressive is that this is Etruscan’s third National Book Award nomination. Works by H.L. Hix and William Heyen were nominated in the past.

A full list of the finalists in every genre can be read here.


About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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3 Responses to National Book Award Finalists Announced

  1. Art says:

    I had the pleasure of hearing David Ferry read from Bewilderment at a small poetry shop in Cambridge a few weeks ago. Really phenomenal work.

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