Gregory Pardlo's Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His first collection Totem won the American Poetry Review/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo is on the faculty of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.
Richard Siken is a poet, painter, filmmaker, and an editor at Spork Press. His book Crush won the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, selected by Louise Glück. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Thom Gunn Award. His most recent book is War of the Foxes (Copper Canyon Press).
Jesmyn Ward accepts the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction (full speech)
Masha Gessen accepts the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction (full speech)
Frank Bidart accepts the 2017 National Book Award for Poetry (full speech)
Robin Benway accepts the 2017 National Book Award for Young People's Literature (full speech)