Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

HurstonWright Foundation Legacy Awards 2021 Finalists Announced (News Central TV)

Introduced in 2001, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, named for US African American writers Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, honour the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe have announced its finalists for 2021.

The finalists were announced on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. The Legacy Award for fiction, nonfiction and poetry was the first national award in the United States presented to Black writers by a national organisation of Black writers. Some of the previous honourees include Alain Mabanckou, Aminatta Forna, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chris Abani, Colson Whitehead and Kwame Dawes.

Glory Edim recipient of the Madam C.J. Walker Award and Rita Dove, the North Star Award recipient 2019

The award announced the finalists for the awards in the following categories;

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The 2021 Legacy Awards Debut Fiction nominees

Black Sunday, Tola Rotimi Abraham

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, Deesha Philyaw

Remembrance, Rita Woods

The Coyotes of Carthage, Steven Wright

The 2021 Legacy Awards Fiction nominees

These Bodies, Morgan Christie

Ring Shout, P Djeli Clark

Telephone, Percival Everett

Book of the Little Axe, Lauren Francis-Sharma

The Freedom Artist, Ben Okri

Black Bottom Saints, Alice Randall

The 2021 Legacy Awards Nonfiction nominees

Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War, Vincent Brown

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, Marcia Chatelain

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power, Deirdre Mask

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Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America, Ijeoma Oluo

The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, Ainissa Ramirez

Memorial Drive: A Daughters Memoir, Natasha Trethewey

The 2021 Legacy Awards Poetry nominees

Fantasia for the Man in Blue, Tommy Blount

Seeing the Body: Poems, Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Jump the Clock: New and Selected Poems, Erica Hunt

Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, John Murillo

White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia, Kiki Petrosino

Pale Colors In a Tall Field, Carl Phillips

The winners will be revealed at the Legacy Awards Ceremony on October 15, 2021.

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