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From an NU press release:
“It’s a rare privilege to publish Nikky Finney’s work,” said Northwestern dean of libraries Sarah Pritchard, who oversees Northwestern University Press and attended the 62nd National Book Award ceremony. “Finney’s poetry is lyrical, profound, and breaks new ground in both form and ideas.”
“Hearing Nikky's name called was a moment of pure joy,” said Northwestern University Press Director Jane Bunker, who also was at the ceremony. “We knew it was a special book from the beginning.”
On a related note, Jesmyn Ward won the fiction prize for her novel Salvage the Bones. Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, was published by Evanston-based Agate Publishing in 2008. Agate's Doug Seibold, sounding like a deservedly proud father, offers his congratulations in a lovely post on the Agate blog.