The 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners
For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
Awarded to „Digest,“ by Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books), clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private.
By Gregory Pardlo
Four Way Books
From Epicurus to Sam Cook, the Daily News to Roots, Digest draws from the present and the past to form an intellectual, American identity. In poems that forge their own styles and strategies, we experience dialogues between the written word and other art forms. Within this dialogue we hear Ben Jonson, we meet police K-9s, and we find children negotiating a sense of the world through a father’s eyes and through their own.
— from the publisher
Gregory Pardlo’s first book, Totem, received the American Poetry Review/ Honickman Prize in 2007. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, as well as anthologies including Angles of Ascent, the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and two editions of Best American Poetry. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a fellowship for translation from the National Endowment for the Arts. An associate editor of Callaloo, he is currently a teaching fellow in Undergraduate Writing at Columbia University.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: „Reel to Reel,“ by Alan Shapiro (University of Chicago Press), finely crafted poems with a composure that cannot conceal the troubled terrain they traverse; and „Compass Rose,“ by Arthur Sze (Copper Canyon Press), a collection in which the poet uses capacious intelligence and lyrical power to offer a dazzling picture of our inter-connected world.
Books, Drama and Music
FICTION – „All the Light We Cannot See“ by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
DRAMA – „Between Riverside and Crazy“ by Stephen Adly Guirgis
HISTORY – „Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People “ by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Hill and Wang)
BIOGRAPHY – „The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe“ by David I. Kertzer (Random House)
GENERAL NONFICTION – „The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History“ by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt)
MUSIC – „Anthracite Fields“ by Julia Wolfe (G. Schirmer, Inc.)