PEN Center USA, the West Coast center of PEN International, has announced its 2017 Literary Awards finalists in the categories fiction, creative nonfiction, research nonfiction, poetry, YA, translation, journalism, and drama. The awards will be presented October 27 at the annual Literary Awards Festival in Beverly Hills, Calif., where Margaret Atwood will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. You can see the complete list of finalists here.
Jorie Graham won the $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award, which recognizes "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry."
Ed Roberson received the $25,000 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, which honors "distinguished poetic achievement."
Patrick Rosal's Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea Books) won the $25,000 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for "the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year."
sam sax's Bury It (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) won the $5,000 James Laughlin Award, which is given "to recognize and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year."
Piotr Florczyk (Building the Barricade by Anna Świrszczyńska, Tavern Books) 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."
Thomas E. Peterson's translation of the work of Italian poet Franco Fortini won the $25,000 Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize, which "recognizes outstanding translations of modern Italian poetry into English."
Frances Revel won the $1,000 Aliki Perroti & Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award, which recognizes a student poet.