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June 18, 2014
The PEN American Center announed their finalists, and included on the list is our own Jennifer Elise Foerster's new collection Leaving Tulsa. Winners of the awards will be announced on July 30th and honored at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on September 29th at The New School in New York City. Congratulations to all the finalists!
PEN Open Book Award ($5,000): For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2013.
Judges: Catherine Chung, Randa Jarrar, and Monica Youn
Duppy Conqueror (Copper Canyon Press), Kwame Dawes
Leaving Tulsa (University of Arizona Press), Jennifer Elise Foerster
domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press), Ruth Ellen Kocher
Cowboys and East Indians (FiveChapters Books), Nina McConigley
Ghana Must Go (Penguin Press), Taiye Selasi