National Book Award in Poetry “Longlist” Finalists Announced

The National Book Foundation has released its “longlist” of ten finalists for the National Book Award in poetry. This year’s judges include Nikky Finney, who is serving as the panel’s chair, Ada Limón, D.A. Powell, Jahan Ramazani and Craig Morgan Teicher.

The list includes Frank Bidart, who has been a finalist three times prior to this year and is the only poet on the list who is a former finalist. His collection Metaphysical Dog, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, earned him the nomination.

Matt Rasmussen, winner of the Walt Whitman award from the Academy of American Poets for his first collection Black Aperture (Louisiana State University Press) has also been named a finalist, and is the youngest on the list.

This year’s list of finalists includes five women and five men. The remaining finalists are as follows: Romanian American filmmaker and writer Andrei Codrescu for So Recently Rent a World (Coffee House Press), Brenda Hillman for Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (Wesleyan University Press), Roger Bonair-Agard for Bury My Clothes (Haymarket), Lucie Brock-Broido for Stay, Illusion (Knopf), Adrian Matejka for The Big Smoke (Penguin), Diane Raptosh for American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press), Martha Ronk for Transfer of Qualities (Omnidawn) and Mary Szybist for Incarnadine (Graywolf Press). Here is Jesse Nathan’s review of Szybist’s book at Coldfront. 

Of these ten finalists, five will be chosen as semifinalists. The shortlist will be announced on October 16, and winners will be named on November 20th in New York.


–Melinda Wilson