Komunyakaa and Girmay Nominated for 2011 NBCC Awards
The NYU Creative Writing Program congratulates senior faculty member Yusef Komunyakaa and graduate program alumna Aracelis Girmay who were both recently announced as nominees for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry.
From "Critical Mass," the official blog of the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors: "Poetry finalists, all demonstrating a mastery of form while advancing their art, included Laura Kasischke (Space, in Chains, Copper Canyon Press) and Yusef Komunyakaa (The Chameleon Couch, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), as well as relative newcomer Aracelis Girmay (Kingdom Animalia, BOA Editions)."
Poetry finalists in 2010 included Distinguished Poet-in-Residence Anne Carson (Nox, New Directions) and graduate program alumna Kathleen Graber (The Eternal City, Princeton University Press). Faculty member Darin Strauss (Half a Life, McSweeney's) was the winner for best autobiography/memoir.