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Suzan-Lori Parks is an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Her 2001 play Topdog/Underdog won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002; Parks is the first African American woman to achieve this honor. Her Awards include:
1990 Obie Award Best New American Play – Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom
1992 Whiting Award
1995 Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Award
1996 Obie Award for Playwriting – Venus
2000 Guggenheim Fellowship Playwriting
2001 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant
2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama – Topdog/Underdog
2006 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from the Council for the Arts
2007 Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award
2008 NAACP Theatre Award – Ray Charles Live! A New Musical
2015 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History – “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3”
2015 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize
2000 Pulitzer Prize Drama Finalist – In The Blood
2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play – Topdog/Underdog
2002 Tony Award for Best Play – Topdog/Underdog
2015 Lucille Lortel Awards Nomination Outstanding Play – Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3
2015 Pulitzer Prize Drama Finalist – Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3
NEW YORK–PEN America today announced the winners of its 2017 Literary Awards, including playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose life and play inspired the Oscar-nominated film Moonlight; novelist, essayist, and critic Aleksandar Hemon for his passion-project oral history of Bosnian migrants and their stories of displacement; British novelist Helen Oyeyemi for her first short story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Riverhead); and sociologist Matthew Desmond for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, a groundbreaking exploration of the devastating effects of rising housing costs on urban communities.
“Literature’s ability to find common ground for diverse points of view has been the engine of PEN America’s work for nearly a century. As global and national political discourse turn toward exclusion, PEN America continues to uphold the humanities’ place in fostering coherent dialogue,” said PEN America President Andrew Solomon. “Many of this year’s honored books explore the social themes that are at the surface of our nation’s consciousness. The PEN America Literary Awards grant us a critical opportunity to recognize the literary excellence of these works and to celebrate the varied experiences of their creators.”
The winners for all 2017 awards can be found below or on PEN America’s website. Winners of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and will be announced live at the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony, to be hosted by actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi at The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium in Manhattan on March 27. Given the themes of migration, social justice, and tolerance that permeate this year’s award-winning works, the ceremony will focus on the power of books to foster dialogue between communities. Under the title “The 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony: Books Across Borders,” the evening event will spotlight international and immigrant experiences that infuse and inspire American literature.
The 2017 PEN America Literary Awards will be the biggest yet, conferring 23 distinct awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes totaling nearly $315,000 across a broad range of categories including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, translation, and more. Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across a diverse array of genres and styles, celebrating both renowned and emerging authors and translators and helping to advance the careers of many beloved writers, including Jonathan Safran Foer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Joshua Ferris.