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Archive of recorded poetry and literature

Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

The annual Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination. The award seeks to commend strong, unique, enduring voices that—throughout long, consistently accomplished careers—have told us something revealing about the American experience. The most recent winner of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction is Denis Johnson.
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Nathaniel Mackey (left) and Claudia Rankine (right)

Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry

The biennial, privately funded $10,000 prize recognizes the most distinguished book of poetry written by an American and published during the preceding two years. The prize is donated by the family of the late Mrs. Bobbitt of Austin, Tex., in her memory, and established at the Library of Congress. The most recent winners of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry are Nathaniel Mackey for Lifetime Achievement and Claudia Rankine for her book Citizen: An American Lyric.
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Ray Gonzales - Witter Bynner Fellow

Witter Bynner Fellowship

Awarded annually, this fellowship goes to poets chosen by the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in conjunction with the Library of Congress. The fellowship supports poetry on both a national and local level: fellows are recognized at a reading in the nation’s capital and go on to organize a local poetry reading in their own communities. In 2017, Juan Felipe Herrera selected poet Ray Gonzalez for the Witter Bynner Fellowship.
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