National Book Critics Circle Awards

Fellows Event

Please join President David Varno and the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors for a virtual celebration of literary excellence honoring our 2020 award winners. The National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. The organization was founded in April 1974 at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, by John Leonard, Nona Balakian, and Ivan Sandrof, among others.

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Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Alia Volz

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: San Francisco, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 2018
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Discipline: Literature – poetry

Cathy Park Hong

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2018
Discipline: Literature – poetry

Shayla Lawson

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Portland, OR
MacDowell fellowships: 2017
Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Riva Lehrer

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell fellowships: 2017
Discipline: Literature

Vivian Gornick

Discipline: Literature
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1982, 1985
Discipline: Literature – fiction

Randall Kenan

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Hillsborough, NC
MacDowell fellowships: 1990
Discipline: Literature – poetry

Victoria Chang

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Redondo Beach, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 2019
Discipline: Literature – poetry

francine harris

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2017
Discipline: Literature – poetry

Amaud Johnson

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Madison, WI
MacDowell fellowships: 2017
Discipline: Literature – poetry

Dean Rader

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: San Francisco, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 2020