Poetry News

Small press, Patti Smith, and Terrance Hayes win at the 2010 National Book Awards

By Harriet Staff

via Jacket Copy:

Iconic rocker Patti Smith has won the National Book Award for nonfiction for "Just Kids," her memoir of her close relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The win took many by surprise.

There was another surprise at the National Book Awards, held Wednesday night at Cirpriana Wall Street in New York City. Instead of being awarded to one of the big-name nominees (Peter Carey, Nicole Krauss), the fiction award went to Jaimy Gordon, whose book "Lords of Misrule" was published by McPherson & Co., a small independent press.

Poetry winner Terrance Hayes, who has been the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, can add National Book Award to his list of literary achievements. His poetry collection is "Lighthead."

Read poems from Hayes here, check out his Harriet posts here, and watch a video of Hayes discussing poetry and Pittsburgh here.

Originally Published: November 18th, 2010