Announcing the Winners of the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction and the National Poetry Series

We’re pleased to announce the winners of several creative writing awards. Look for their publications in the fall of 2018!

Wang Ping Wins the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction


Photo/Tom Wallace

Congratulations to Wang Ping for winning this year’s Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction with her work Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi. Wang Ping was born in China and came to the United States in 1986. Her publications of poetry and prose include American Visa, Foreign Devil, Of Flesh and Spirit, New Generation: Poetry from China Today, Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China, The Magic Whip, The Dragon Emperor, The Last Communist Virgin, and Flashcards: Poems by Yu Jian. Among the many honors and awards she has received are the Eugene M. Kayden Award for the Best Book in the Humanities, the Distinct Immigrant Award in 2014, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Bush Artist Fellowship for poetry, and the McKnight Fellowship for nonfiction. She was also the Venezuela International Poet of Honor in 2015. In addition to being a writer, Wang Ping is a photographer and installation artist. Her multimedia exhibitions include Behind the Gate: After the Flood of the Three Gorges and Kinship of Rivers, which has been featured at schools, colleges, galleries, museums, locks and dams, and confluences along the Mississippi River. She is a professor of English at Macalester College and founder and director of the Kinship of Rivers project.

Wang Ping’s Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi will be published by the University of Georgia Press in the fall of 2018. Last year’s winner, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam by Paisley Rekdal, was published by UGA Press on September 15, 2017.

“[Wang Ping’s book] is freewheeling, unusual, and always charged as it swings back and forth in time and cultures. These are mountain and river tales wound together like eels navigating the muddy waters of political, cultural, and personal displacement and wars waged against the human spirit. Episodes wriggle between cities on either side of the Pacific, China to the US and back again, from Tiger Leaping Gorge to New York, to Tibet, to the Yangtze and the Mississippi. Between the trapped and the free as the writer swims between homes and two river simultaneously.” — Gretel Ehrlich

UGA Press to publish National Poetry Series-winning Collection by Lindsay Bernal

The National Poetry Series has announced the results of the 2017 Open Competition. The winning books are scheduled for publication in 2018, and UGA Press will publish Lindsay Bernal’s collection, What it Doesn’t Have to Do With. The full list of winners are:

The Lumberjack’s Dove by GennaRose Nethercott, chosen by Louise Gluck for Ecco

Anarcha Speaks by Dominique Christina, chosen by Tyehimba Jess for Beacon Press

feeld by Jos Charles, chosen by Fady Joudah for Milkweed Editions

What It Doesn’t Have to Do With by Lindsay Bernal, chosen by Paul Guest for University of Georgia Press

Museum of the Americas by J.Michael Martinez, chosen by Cornelius Eady for Penguin Books

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to ensure the publication of poetry books annually through participating publishers. More than 160 books have been awarded since the series’ inception. Publication is funded by the Lannan Foundation, Stephen Graham, the Joyce & Seward Johnson Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds, and the Poetry Foundation.

For more information, please contact:

The Coordinator

The National Poetry Series

57 Mountain Avenue

Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: 609.430.0999 Fax: 609.430.9933

Lindsay Bernal pic

Photo/Nathan Ackerman

Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Lindsay Bernal holds a BA in English and Spanish from the University of Virginia and an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, where she has coordinated the Creative Writing Program and taught as a lecturer for over a decade. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Gulf Coast, OVERSOUND, Tikkun, and other journals.

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