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VIDEO: 2013 Winner Eugene Gloria On Winning The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award For Poetry

Eugene Gloria's My Favorite Warlord earned praise from the Anisfield-Wolf jury for his "vivid and striking" work examining masculinity, identity, and heritage. His 2012 collection of poetry helped him snag his latest literary prize, the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf award for poetry. Prior to this year's ceremony, we talked to Gloria about what winning the award meant to him and where he sees his career headed next.  Eugene Gloria On Winning A 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award For Poetry from Anisfield Wolf on Vimeo. Read More →

VIDEO: Kevin Powers, Author of The Yellow Birds, On Winning The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award

Kevin Powers' The Yellow Birds has been called a "beautiful and horrifying trance of a book," an unnerving look at the cruelty and arbitrary nature of war. He spoke with us in the calm before this year's ceremony, happy to accept the award that in recent years has gone to Junot Diaz, Louise Erdrich, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Hear his remarks below:  Kevin Powers On Winning A 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award For Fiction from Anisfield Wolf on Vimeo. Read More →

VIDEO: Laird Hunt On Winning A 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award For Fiction

While Laird Hunt was in Cleveland for the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf ceremony, we managed to nab him for a brief interview during his busy day of press and pre-show preparation. Hunt was honored for Kind One, his 2012 novel that explores oppression on a rural Kentucky pig farm. (In interviews he often reveals that the idea for the book came from a nugget in another Anisfield-Wolf winner's work—Edward P. Jones' The Known World.) Find out how Hunt reacted when he got the call from Dr. Gates and what he thinks the award means to his career moving forward. Laird Hunt On Winning A 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award For Fiction from Anisfield Wolf on Vimeo. Read More →

VIDEO: Andrew Solomon On Winning The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award

We caught up with Andrew Solomon a few hours before the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf ceremony to ask him his thoughts on being honored for his transformative work, 2012's Far From The Tree. "To win something that is fondly called the 'Black Pulitzer' has particular meaning to me," Solomon would go on to say later at the ceremony. Hear his quick thoughts on winning an Anisfield-Wolf award, the politics of identity, and the march toward acceptance.  Andrew Solomon On Winning The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award For Nonfiction from Anisfield Wolf on Vimeo. Read More →

Veterans Flock To Kevin Powers’ Message Of Resiliency And Courage At CWRU Event

Kevin Powers didn’t flinch when the novelist Thrity Umrigar asked him a pointed question—had he considered incorporating substantial Iraqi characters in his much-honored novel “The Yellow Birds”? Power’s first book, an impressionist portrayal of combat and its consequences during the Iraq War, won an Anisfield-Wolf book prize this year for fiction. The National Book Award cited it as “an urgent, vital, beautiful novel that reminds us through its scrupulous honesty how rarely its anguished truths are told.” Umrigar, a professor of creative writing at Case Western Reserve University best known for her novels “The Space Between Us” and “The World We Found,” politely asked if Powers had thought to write a story that “would give the Iraq people agency?” Powers, 32,... Read More →

VIDEO: Watch Andrew Solomon’s TEDMED Talk On Illness Versus Identity

Under the slogan “ideas worth spreading,” the annual TED conferences began in 1990, and have showcased a clutch of Anisfield-Wolf winners. The latest is Andrew Solomon, the 2013 winner for nonfiction, who took the stage in April at TEDMED, an annual program of medical innovators and thought leaders under the TED banner. His talk, "How Does An Illness Become An Identity?" drew from his book Far From The Tree, in which Solomon examines how families adapt – or not -- to their children's unique identities. He begins by noting the seismic shift of societal attitudes toward homosexuality within a generation. Being gay was called "a pathetic, second-rate substitute for reality" by Time magazine in 1966. Today, marriage equality is endorsed by the president of the United States. In “Far... Read More →

Meet Eugene Gloria, 2013 Winner For Poetry

Eugene GloriaEugene Gloria's 2012 poetry collection, My Favorite Warlord, won this year's Anisfield-Wolf prize for poetry. Born in Manila, Phillippines, Gloria uses My Favorite Warlord's 35 poems to explore Filipino heritage, samurai, fathers, masculinity, and memory. Publishers Weekly praised the work, noting that Gloria "sets himself confidently against injustice, in favor of inquiry, amid the eclectic language of contemporary scenes." Gloria has written two other books of poems—Hoodlum Bird (2006) and Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (2000). His honors and awards include an Asian American Literary Award, a Fulbright Research Grant, a San Francisco Art Commission grant, a Poetry Society of America award, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing and English literature at DePauw Univ... Read More →

Meet Kevin Powers, 2013 Winner For Fiction

The road home from war is a long journey to rediscover who you are. Author Kevin Powers, who signed up for the Army at 17 and spent time as a machine gunner in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, wrote his award-winning novel, The Yellow Birds, as a way to help him process what he had experienced on the front lines.  "I started initially writing poems about the war," he said during an interview with PBS NewsHour. "I've been writing poems and stories since I was about 13. And I realized that I needed a larger canvas to say what I wanted to say, to answer the question that people were asking me, which was what was it like over there." In the novel, we see life in a war zone through the eyes of 21-year-old private John Bartle. He is tasked with watching over Murph, a younger solider with less... Read More →

Meet Andrew Solomon, 2013 Winner For Nonfiction

Culled from more than 40,000 pages of interview transcripts, Andrew Solomon's Far From The Tree takes an exhaustive look at families where  the child's identity is considered to be on the margins of society. Within the book, Solomon considers how parents navigate the world when a child is deaf, autistic, a dwarf, a criminal, a protégée, has Down Syndrome, and four other identities. Solomon highlights the struggle and beauty in each family's story, sharing how parents come to accept their children amid the differences that threaten to come between them. The book chronicles the immense love of family, the quest toward a more compassionate world, and the beauty of diversity in all forms. In deliberations for this year's awards, juror Steven Pinker wrote: “This is a monumental... Read More →

Meet Laird Hunt, 2013 Winner For Fiction

Laird Hunt is the author of five novels and one short story collection. His latest book, Kind One, won the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf award for fiction. In a video interview with Rain Taxi, Hunt describes being moved by a short passage in Edward P. Jones' The Known World, which prompted him to start writing Kind One: "He describes this anecdote about a woman who lives in this imaginary county he's constructed, who lives with her husband and two female slaves. One day the husband comes up dead and the slaves turn the tables on her and enslave her in turn. And then it's over and never mentioned again. But I got really interested in what would happen if this woman, many years later, describes what happens, with the idea of placing her voice somewhere in the slippery middle between victim and... Read More →
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