Jericho Brown received the American Book Award 2009 for his first poetry collection, Please. He’s currently on tour promoting of his most recent collection of poetry, The Tradition (2019), attempting to (as Brown says) “take the book around the sun.” He’ll give a reading in Atlanta this weekend at the Decatur Book Festival. Read more at the link below:
National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann introduces “Carbon Ideologies,” his new two-volume exploration of the causes and consequences global warming. Vollmann’s Carbon Ideologies: Volume I, No Immediate Danger, & Volume II, No Good Alternative received the American Book Award 2019 from the Before Columbus Foundation. Buy a copy of “No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies” here:
Over the years William T. Vollmann has earned critical acclaim by tackling some of the largest and thorniest issues of our times, including poverty, violence, and American imperialism. In “Carbon Ideologies,” Vollmann turns to one of the greatest crises we have ever faced: global warming.
Will Alexander is a poet, aphorist, playwright, essayist, philosopher, visual artist, pianist, and native of Los Angeles. The author of nearly thirty books, his awards and honors include a Whiting Fellowship for Poetry in 2001, a California Arts Council Fellowship in 2002, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award in 2007, and an American Book Award in 2013 for Singing In Magnetic Hoofbeat: Essays, Prose, Texts, Interviews, and a Lecture. In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Jackson Prize for poetry, which is among the most substantial given to an American poet.
BEFORE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION The Raymond House • 655 -13th Street • Suite 302 • Oakland, California 94612 www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com
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Before Columbus Foundation announces the
of the Fortieth Annual
November 1, 2019, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
CA—The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the
Fortieth Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS. The 2019 American Book Award
winners will be formally recognized on Friday, November 1, 2019, from
1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Koret Auditorium, San
Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA.
is open to the public.
American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for
outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of
America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is
to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions.
There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers. The
award winners range from well-known and established writers to
under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for
diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process.
The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive
and has always considered the term “multicultural” to be not a
description of various categories, groups, or “special interests,”
but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The
Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a
writers’ award given by other writers.
2019 American Book Award Winners are:
Greg Robinson, and Floyd
Okada: The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No
of Washington Press)
Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories
House of Early Sorrows: A Memoir in Essays
E. Erdrich (editor)
Poets of Native Nations
Never Sleep: Poems
of Arkansas Press)
There: A Novel
in Blackness: A Memoir
Press of Florida)
Is Us: Fourteen from the Exeter Book
Park: A Novel
Straus and Giroux)
New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
Ideologies: Volume I, No Immediate Danger, Volume II, No Good
Willow Wilson (author), Nico
Smithsonian Magazine has released a biographical article about Joy Harjo to celebrate the Library of Congress naming her as an American Poet Laureate. Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013.
The Library of Congress has given Joy Harjo the title of Poet Laureate. She is the first Native American author to be awarded the position. Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013.
Joy Harjo has recently been named Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. She is the first Native American poet to receive the award. Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013. See a biography and interview in Ms. Magazine: