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News from Past Recipients: Recent Literary Debuts & Achievements

Many of our past recipients have shared news of recent releases and literary achievements over the past year.

Chelsea Bieker's (’18) debut novel, Godshot (Catapult, 2020), has been longlisted for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

Eula Biss's (’02) fourth book, Having and Being Had, has just been published by Riverhead Books (September 2020).

Ama Codjoe's (’16) collection Blood of the Air, received the 2019 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize (Northwestern U. Press, 2020)

Janice N. Harrington (’09) (Primitive, BOA Editions, 2016) received a 2020 Guggenheim fellowship for poetry.

Fowzia Karimi’s (’11) illustrated novel, Above Us the Milky Way, debuted from Deep Vellum in April 2020.

Nicolette Polek’s (’19) debut, short story collection, Imaginary Museums, was

published by Soft Skull Press in 2020.

Helen Phillips’s (’09) new novel, The Need (Simon & Schuster, 2019), was

longlisted for the National Book Award and was a 2019 NYT Notable Book. She

received a 2020 Guggenheim fellowship.

Ebony Flowers’s (’17) graphic debut, Hot Comb, was published by Drawn and

Quarterly (2019). It was a 2019 Eisner nominee and received the 2019 Believer Book

Award for Fiction.

Alison C. Rollins (’18), (Library of Small Catastrophes, Copper Canyon Press,

2019), received a 2020 Pushcart prize and is a nominee for a 2020 Hurston/Wright

Foundation Legacy Award.

Asako Serizawa’s (’16) collection of stories, Inheritors, debuted from Doubleday in

July 2020.

Namwali Serpell’s (’11) first novel, The Old Drift, debuted from Hogarth in 2019

and received the 2020 Anisfeld-Wolf Book Prize for Fiction. She is also the recipient

of a 2020 Windham-Campbell Prize and a 2020 NYPL Cullman Center Fellowship.

Merritt Tierce (’11) (Love Me Back, Doubleday, 2014) received a 2019 Whiting Writer’s Award.

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