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BLACK WRITERS HONORED BY PEERS AT ELEVENTH ANNUAL HURSTON/WRIGHT LEGACY AWARDS
Authors Oyeyemi, Shockley, and Brown-Nagin take Top Honors 
Washington, DC - Tonight, December 1st the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation awarded Black writers for their outstanding contribution to literature in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry during an award ceremony at Howard University.

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award honors exemplary works of literature before the national community of Black writers. By honoring these nominees, we're recognizing the profound significance, necessity, and genius of Black writers and the stories they tell. A panel of published authors in each genre reviewed submissions and selected nominees from categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
 
The 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award winners exemplify the kind of writing that embodies the timeless nature of outstanding literature. The Foundation hopes that through the Legacy Award more Black writers will be inspired to create thought provoking and meaningful stories that contribute to preserving the cultural legacy of the Black community.

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2012 Recipients are:
Fiction
Winner
Mr. Fox
Helen Oyeyemi
Mr. Fox
(Riverhead)
Finalist
Silver Sparrow
Tayari Jones
Silver Sparrow
(Algonquin Books)
Finalist
Zone One
Colson Whitehead
Zone One
(Doubleday)
Poetry


Winner
The New Black
Evie Shockley
The New Black
(Wesleyan)






Nonfiction


Winner
Courage to Dissent
Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Courage to Dissent
(Oxford University Press)

 

Finalist
Harlem is Nowhere
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
Harlem is Nowhere
(Little, Brown and Company)

 

Finalist
One Day I Will Write About This Place
Binyavanga Wainaina
One Day I Will Write About This Place
(Graywolf Press)
ABOUT HURSTON/WRIGHT
Hurston/Wright is the nation's resource center for writers, readers, and supporters of Black literature. And thanks to the generosity of organizations such as Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers and Penguin Group USA, we provide services and guidance for Black writers and readers at every stage of their development. Our annual programs include the nation's only multi-genre summer residency workshop for writers of African descent with a tuition-free component for high school students; the first national award presented to published writers of African descent by their peers; an award for excellence to Black college writers; community awards to businesses, educators and/or cultural leaders that have demonstrated their commitment to African American literature; and a tuition-free writers workshop for high school students followed by monthly classroom and online instructions during the academic school year.

Once again we wish to give special thanks to our many supporters who include Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Group USA, Prince George's County Council Member Andrea Harrison, Council Member Eric Olson, and Council Member Mel Franklin, The National Harbor Community Outreach Grant Fund, Sankofa Books, and a host of individual donors for their generous support. For more information about Hurston/Wright visit our website at www.hurstonwright.org.

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