Writers for Writers Award, Editor’s Award

Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award

The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award celebrates authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. The award, which is presented each year at Poets & Writers’ annual dinner, is named for Barnes & Noble in appreciation of its long-standing support.

Recipients of the 2017 Barnes & Nobel Writers for Writers Award are Francisco Goldman (for supporting emerging writers through the Aura Estrada Prize (Premio Aura Estrada), which he created and directs); Ann Patchett (for her tireless work to numerous literary organizations and her efforts to bring authors and readers together in community); and Richard Shelton (for over forty years of dedication to writing workshops for imprisoned men in Arizona).

Read the press release here.

F GoldmanFrancisco Goldman is the author of Say Her Name (2011), winner of the Prix Femina Etranger, and The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle (2014). The Long Night of White Chickens was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. That novel and The Ordinary Seaman were finalists for the Pen/Faulkner Award, the latter also shortlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award. The Divine Husband was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. The Art of Political Murder won the Index on Censorship T.R. Fyvel Book Award and The WOLA/Duke Human Rights Book Award. Goldman's books have been published in fifteen languages. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Cullman Center Fellow, and a Berlin Fellow at the American Academy. He directs the Aura Estrada Prize. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and numerous other publications. He lives in Mexico City and every year teaches one semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Ann PatchettAnn Patchett is the author of seven novels and three books of nonfiction. Her work has won numerous awards including the PEN/Faulkner, England’s Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year, and has been translated into more than thirty languages. In 2012 she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. She lives in Nashville with her husband Karl VanDevender and their dog Sparky, and is, along with her friend Karen Hayes, the co-owner of Parnassus Books. Her latest novel Commonwealth was published by HarperCollins in 2016 and was a New York Times bestseller. Along with James Patterson, she is the first ambassador for BINC, the book industry’s charitable foundation that makes grants to booksellers in need. Without meaning to do so, she has become the spokesperson for independent bookstores across the country.

SheltonRichard Shelton is the author of eleven books of poetry and three memoirs: Going Back to Bisbee, Crossing the Yard, and the most recent, Nobody Rich or Famous, which was released by the University of Arizona Press in October 2016. Shelton is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the prestigious Lannan Foundation Grant and the Arizona Literary Treasure Award. His 1978 collection, The Bus to Veracruz, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Going Back to Bisbee was a New York Times Notable Book, won the Western States Book Award, and was selected for the OneBook Arizona program. Shelton is a Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona and former Director of the U of A’s Creative Writing Program and Poetry Center. He has taught writing workshops in Arizona prisons since 1974.

Photo Credits: Mathiue Bourgois (Goldman); Heidi Ross (Patchett).


The Editor’s Award

The Editors Award was established in 2009 to recognize a book editor who has made an outstanding contribution to the publication of poetry or literary prose over a sustained period of time. The award is presented each year at Poets & Writers’ annual dinner.

The 2017 Editor’s Award will be presented to Fiona McCrae and Jeff Shotts of the Minneapolis-based independent publisher, Graywolf Press. Read the press release here.


Fiona McCrae has been publisher of Graywolf Press since 1994, following eleven years with the British publishers Faber and Faber, of which the last three were spent in Faber’s office in Boston. During her tenure at Graywolf, the Press has expanded its lists of poetry, literary nonfiction and criticism, fiction, and works in translation and embarked on an ambitious fundraising effort in order to increase advances to authors. Graywolf was the winner of the AWP Best Small Press of the Year Award in 2015, and McCrae was honored by Guernica magazine the same year. She has served on the boards of Books for Africa, CLMP, Fence magazine, and is currently on the board of the National Book Foundation.

J ShottsJeff Shotts is executive editor at Graywolf Press, where he edits poetry, essays, and criticism. Authors he has worked with include Elizabeth Alexander, Mary Jo Bang, Eula Biss, Albert Goldbarth, Fanny Howe, Leslie Jamison, D. A. Powell, Claudia Rankine, Vijay Seshadri, Tracy K. Smith, Mary Szybist, Natasha Trethewey, and Kevin Young, among many others. Books he has acquired and edited have received the Pulitzer Prize (Vijay Seshadri’s 3 Sections and Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars), the National Book Award (Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine), and the National Book Critics Circle Award (Mary Jo Bang’s Elegy, Eula Biss’s Notes from No Man’s Land, D. A. Powell’s Useless Landscape or a Guide for Boys, and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen), and authors whose works he has acquired and edited have received the Nobel Peace Prize (Liu Xiaobo) and the Nobel Prize for Literature (Tomas Tranströmer). He has edited best sellers such as Eula Biss’s On Immunity, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen.   


Previous Award Winners

Elizabeth George
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Christopher Soto, and Javier Zamora
Erin Belieu, Cate Marvin, and Ann Townsend
Paul Slovack (Editor's Award)

Margaret Atwood
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Christopher Castellani
Barbara Epler (Editor's Award)

Ian Frazier
Haki R. Madhubuti
Joyce Carol Oates
Kate Medina (Editor's Award)

Steve Berry
Rigoberto Gonzalez
Judith Kelman
Chuck Adams (Editor's Award)
Leonard Riggo (Leadership Award)

David Baldacci
Kwame Dawes
Carol Muske-Dukes
Kathryn Court (Editor's Award)

Maria Mazziotti Gillan
John Grisham
Elizabeth Nunez
Jonathan Galassi (Editor's Award)

Junot Díaz
Maxine Hong Kingston
M. L. Liebler
Pat Strachan (Editor's Award)

Russell Banks
Robert Caro
Sarah Gambito
Daniel Halpern (Editor's Award)

Toi Derricotte
A.M. Homes
Peter Straub

E. Ethelbert Miller
Francine Prose
Susan Richards Shreve

Regie Cabico
Bill Henderson
Anna Quindlen

Barbara Kingsolver
Sidney Offit
Quincy Troupe

Judy Blume
Oakley Hall
Sharon Olds

Bob Holman
Ishmael Reed
Amy Tan

E. Lynn Harris
June Jordan
Wally Lamb

Cornelius Eady
Marita Golden
Scott Turow

Stanley Kunitz
Barbara Goldsmith
Terry McMillan

Edward Albee
E. L. Doctorow
Susan Sontag

Rita Dove
Stephen King
Hilma Wolitzer

Mary Higgins Clark
James A. Michener
Arthur Miller
Walter Mosley
William Styron