Creative Writing at The New School

Today we are excited to announce the titles on the 2020 National Book Awards Finalists including our own Kacen Callendar, Writing For Children and Young Adults MFA 2014. Congratulations Kacen!

For Fiction:

Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind”
Ecco / Harper Collins

Lydia Millet, "A Children’s Bible" 
W. W. Norton & Company

Deesha Philyaw, "The Secret Life of Church Ladies" 
West Virginia University Press

Douglas Stuart, "Shuggie Bain" 
Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

Charles Yu, "Interior Chinatown" 
Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House

For Nonfiction:

Les Payne and Tamara Payne, "The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X"
Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company

Claudio Saunt, "Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory" 
W. W. Norton & Company

Jenn Shapland, "My Autobiography of Carson McCullers" 
Tin House Books

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, "The Undocumented Americans" One World / Penguin Random House

Jerald Walker, "How to Make a Slave and Other Essays" Mad Creek Books / The Ohio State University Press

For Poetry:

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, "A Treatise on Stars" 
New Directions

Tommye Blount, "Fantasia for the Man in Blue"
Four Way Books

Don Mee Choi , "DMZ Colony"
Wave Books

Anthony Cody, "Borderland Apocrypha"
Omnidawn Publishing

Natalie Diaz, "Postcolonial Love Poem"
Graywolf Press

For Translated Literature:

Anja Kampmann, "High as the Waters Rise"
Translated by Anne Posten

Jonas Hassen Khemiri, "The Family Clause" Translated by Alice Menzies 
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

Yu Miri, "Tokyo Ueno Station" Translated by Morgan Giles 
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Pilar Quintana, "The Bitch" Translated by Lisa Dillman 
World Editions

Adania Shibli, "Minor Detail" Translated by Elisabeth Jaquette 
New Directions

Young People's Literature:

Kacen Callender, "King and the Dragonflies"
Scholastic Press / Scholastic Inc.

Traci Chee, "We Are Not Free" 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Candice Iloh, "Every Body Looking" 
Dutton Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, "When Stars Are Scattered" Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

Gavriel Savit, "The Way Back" Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

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Founded in Greenwich Village in 1931, Creative Writing at The New School continues to promote, engender, and shape innovative literature.