Frank Bi­dart on Na­tional Book Awards long list

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - WEEKEND BOOKS -

NEW YORK (AP) — An an­thol­ogy cov­er­ing a half-cen­tury of Frank Bi­dart’s po­etry and three de­but col­lec­tions were among the Na­tional Book Award nom­i­nees an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The Na­tional Book Foun­da­tion re­leased a long list of 10 po­etry works, a day af­ter an­nounc­ing the long list for young peo­ple’s lit­er­a­ture. Non­fic­tion and fic­tion lists come out later in the week. The lists will be nar­rowed to five on Oct. 4. Win­ners will be an­nounced at a din­ner cer­e­mony in Man­hat­tan on Nov. 15. Bi­dart, whose many hon­ours in­clude the Na­tional Book Crit­ics Cir­cle prize and the Wal­lace Stevens Award, was cited Wed­nes­day for the an­thol­ogy “Half-light.” The de­but works nom­i­nated were Chen Chen’s ex­pan­sively ti­tled “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Fur­ther Pos­si­bil­i­ties,” Layli Long Sol­dier’s “Whereas” and Mai Der Vang’s “After­land.”

Sherod San­tos, a pre­vi­ous fi­nal­ist for the Na­tional Book Award, was nom­i­nated for “Square Inch Hours” and Marie Howe was cho­sen for “Mag­da­lene,” in which Mary Mag­da­lene is placed in the mod­ern world.

The other nom­i­nees are Laura Ka­sis­chke for “Where Now,” Danez Smith’s “Don’t Call Us Dead,” Les­lie Har­ri­son’s “The Book of End­ings” and Shane Mc­crae’s “In the Lan­guage of My Cap­tor.”

A panel of five judges se­lected the long list from 245 books sub­mit­ted by pub­lish­ers.

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