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The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2012 Nominees


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The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award honors exemplary works of literature before the national community of Black writers. By honoring these nominees, we're recognizing the profound significance, necessity, and genius of Black writers and the stories they tell. A panel of published authors in each genre reviewed submissions and selected nominees from categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

Winners will receive a cash award and the coveted statute of Djhuiti(je-hu-ty), the ancient Egyptian symbol of the patron saint of writing, speech, and divine intellectual pursuit. Finalists will receive an engraved plaque of Djhuiti. The annual Legacy Award ceremony will be held December 1, 2012 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC.

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2012 Nominees are:


Nuruddin Farah



Tayari Jones

Silver Sparrow

(Algonquin Books)

Helen Oyeyemi

Mr. Fox


Danzy Senna

You Are Free


Jesmyn Ward

Salvage the Bones

(Bloomsbury USA)

Colson Whitehead

Zone One



Aracelis Girmay

Kingdom Animalia

(BOA Editions Ltd.)

Evie Shockley

The New Black


Tracy K. Smith

Life on Mars

(Graywolf Press)


Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Courage to Dissent

(Oxford University Press)

Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Sister Citizen

(Yale University Press)

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Harlem is Nowhere

(Little, Brown and Company)

Binyavanga Wainaina

One Day I Will Write About This Place

(Graywolf Press)

Mark Whitaker

My Long Trip Home

(Simon & Schuster)



Hurston/Wright is the nation's resource center for writers, readers, and supporters of Black literature. And thanks to the generosity of organizations such as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Group USA, we provide services and guidance for Black writers and readers at every stage of their development. Our annual programs include the nation's only multi-genre summer residency workshop for writers of African descent with a tuition-free component for high school students; the first national award presented to published writers of African descent by their peers; an award for excellence to Black college writers; community awards to businesses, educators and/or cultural leaders that have demonstrated their commitment to African American literature; and a three week tuition-free writers workshop for high school students followed by monthly classroom and online instructions during the academic school year.

Once again we wish to give special thanks to our many supporters who include Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Group USA, Prince George's County Council Member Andrea Harrison, Council Member Eric Olson, and Council Member Mel Franklin, The National Harbor Community Outreach Grant Fund, Sankofa Books, and a host of individual donors for their generous support. For more information about Hurston/Wright visit our website at www.hurstonwright.org.

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