Whiting Award Winners 2020

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Congratualtions to this year's recipients of the Whiting Award. Excerpts of their work can be found at The Paris Review Daily

Hard Damage (The Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) By Aria Aber Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496215703
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2019

Hard Damage works to relentlessly interrogate the self and its shortcomings. In lyric and documentary poems and essayistic fragments, Aria Aber explores the historical and personal implications of Afghan American relations.

Ugly Music By Diannely Antigua Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936919642
Published: YesYes Books - May 15th, 2019

Poetry. African & African American Studies. Latinx Studies. Women's Studies. Diannely Antigua's debut collection, UGLY MUSIC, is a cacophonous symphony of reality, dream, trauma, and obsession. It reaches into the corners of love and loss where survival and surrender are blurred.

Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Tcg Edition) By Will Arbery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559369886
Published: Theatre Communications Group - March 7th, 2023

"Flawless... A work of singular distinction, one for which the word 'remark-able' is an understatement. Arbery is a greatly talented writer who has given us a drama as exciting and challenging--nay, daring--as any new play I've ever reviewed." --Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

Ordinary Girls: A Memoir By Jaquira Díaz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616209131
Published: Algonquin Books - October 29th, 2019

One of the Must-Read Books of 2019 According to O: The Oprah Magazine * Time * Bustle * Electric Literature * Publishers Weekly * The Millions * The Week * Good Housekeeping

“There is more life packed on each page of Ordinary Girls than some lives hold in a lifetime.” —Julia Alvarez 

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl By Andrea Lawlor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525566182
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

"In these irreverent pages, a shapeshifter gets a crash course in gender and sexuality by inhabiting both sides of the binary and arriving precisely somewhere in the middle." —O, The Oprah Magazine

“HOT” (Maggie Nelson) • “TIGHT” (Eileen Myles) • “DEEP” (Michelle Tea)

Severance: A Novel By Ling Ma Cover Image
By Ling Ma
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

Maybe it’s the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma’s offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

"A stunning, audacious book with a fresh take on both office politics and what the apocalypse might bring." Michael Schaub, NPR.org

Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers: Poems (National Poetry) By Jake Skeets Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315205
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 10th, 2019

Winner of the 2021 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

Winner of a 2020 Whiting Award in Poetry

Finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry

Sorority By Genevieve Sly Crane Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501187483
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 5th, 2019

Sisterhood is forever…whether you like it or not.

Prep meets Girls in White Dresses in Genevieve Sly Crane’s deliciously addictive, voyeuristic exploration of female friendship and coming of age that will appeal to anyone who has ever been curious about what happens in a sorority house.

Twinsets and pearls, secrets and kinship, rituals that h

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion By Jia Tolentino Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525510543
Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “From The New Yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.”—Esquire

The Breathing Body of This Thought By Genya Turovskaya Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780999702826
Published: Black Square Editions - September 20th, 2019

Poetry. Poetry and translations by Genya Turovskaya have been published in Chicago Review, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, Aufgabe, A Public Space, Octopus, Jubilat and others. Her recent translations include Elena Fanailova's THE RUSSIAN VERSION (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019) and Aleksandr Skidan's RED SHIFTING (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007).