Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards - 2010
Judges' Bios

Fiction

Andrei Codrescu is a poet, novelist, essayist, teacher, and lecturer, as well as a regular commentator on National Public Radio. His most recent book is The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, published in 2009.
www.codrescu.com

Samuel R. Delany is a science-fiction novelist, literary critic, and professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University. His most recent work is Dark Reflections, a novel published in 2007.
www.samuelrdelany.com

Sabina Murray is a novelist and screenwriter, and the Director of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her most recent novel is Forgery, published in 2008.
www.sabinamurray.com

Joanna Scott is a novelist and short story writer, and the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English at the University of Rochester. Her most recent book is Follow Me, a novel published in 2009.
www.rochester.edu/college/eng/faculty/joanna_scott.html

Carolyn See is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as the Friday-morning reviewer for The Washington Post. Her most recent book is There Will Never Be Another You, published in 2006.
www.carolynsee.com

Nonfiction

Blake Bailey is an editor and biographer whose most recent work, Cheever: A Life, won the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Marjorie Garber is an author, Shakespeare scholar, and professor at Harvard University. Her most recent work is Shakespeare and Modern Culture, published in 2009.
www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~garber

Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, historian, and philosopher, as well as a professor at The New School. Her most recent book is The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong, published in 2007.
www.jennifermichaelhecht.com

Seth Lerer is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of several books, including, most recently, Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008.
http://literature.ucsd.edu/faculty/slerer.cfm

Sallie Tisdale is a contributing editor of Harper’s and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom, published in 2007.

Poetry

Rae Armantrout is the author of nine books of poetry and is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, San Diego. Her book, Versed, was a Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for Poetry, and won both the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, the Miller Family Endowed Chair and Professor of English at the University of Missouri, and co-founder of Cave Canem. His book, Brutal Imagination, was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry in 2001, and his most recent work is Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems.
www.corneliuseady.com

Linda Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, and was a National Book Award Finalist for Poetry in 2007 for Magnetic North.
www-personal.umich.edu/~gregerso

Jeffrey McDaniel is the author of four books of poetry and teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College. His most recent works are The Splinter Factory, published in 2002, and The Endarkenment, published in 2008.

Brenda Shaughnessy is a poet and the poetry editor of Tin House Magazine. Her most recent book, Human Dark with Sugar, published in 2008, won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
www.brendashaughnessy.com

Young People’s Literature

Laban Carrick Hill is the author of more than twenty-five books, including Harlem Stomp!, a Finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2004. He also teaches in the Pine Manor College Solstice MFA in Writing Program.
www.labanhill.com

Kelly Link is the author of three collections of short stories, the most recent of which is Pretty Monsters, published in 2008. Her stories have won three Nebulas, a Hugo, and a World Fantasy Award.
http://kellylink.net

Tor Seidler is an author of books for children, including Mean Margaret, a Finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 1997. His most recent work is Gully’s Travels, which was published in 2008.

Hope Anita Smith is the author of the award-winning book, The Way a Door Closes, published in 2003, and its sequel, Keeping the Night Watch, published in 2008. She also teaches writing “wordshops” to students of all ages.
www.hopeanitasmith.com

Sara Zarr is the author of three novels for young adults, including Story of a Girl, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature in 2007. Her most recent book is Once Was Lost, published in 2009.
www.sarazarr.com