Awards: Academy of American Poets; SCBWI

The Academy of American Poets announced the 2016 winners of its annual poetry prizes. This year's recipients are:

Sharon Olds won the $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award, which recognizes "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry."

Natasha Trethewey received the $25,000 Academy of American poets fellowship, which honors "distinguished poetic achievement."

Lynn Emanuel's The Nerve of It won the $25,000 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for "the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year."

Mary Hickman's Rayfish won the $5,000 James Laughlin Award, which is given for a second book of poetry by an American poet.

Ron Padgett (Zone: Selected Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire) was cited for the $1,000 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, which recognizes a published translation of poetry from any language into English that demonstrates literary excellence. 

Stephen Sartarelli won the $10,000 Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize, which recognizes outstanding translations of modern Italian poetry into English, for his translation of The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Donte Collin won the $1,000 Aliki Perroti & Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award, which recognizes a student poet.


The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators unveiled the winners of the 2016 Work-In-Progress Grants as well as the Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award, which celebrates a traditionally unpublished author over the age of 50. This year's winners are:

YA fiction: The Edge of the Miraculous by Beth Navarro
Nonfiction: Nikola's Visions: The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla by Cindy Jenson-Elliott
Multicultural fiction or nonfiction: Finding Ma by DoanPhuong Nguyen
Picture book text: A Father's Love by Hannah Holt
Middle grade fiction: Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick-Ferruolo
Chapter books/early fiction: How to Be a Bad Guy, by Dallas Bottomley by Lauren LeBlanc
Don Freeman Illustration Grant: Published award: Rongyuan Ma; pre-published award: Alison Farrell
Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award: Stephen Baker: Prayers to Broken Stone

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