Posted on April 10, 2021 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The 2021 PEN America Literary Awards were handed out Thursday night in a virtual ceremony.

For more information about each award and its recipient, check out PEN's winner page.

PEN America describes itself as the nation’s foremost literary and free expression organization.

PEN/Jean Stein Book AwardBe Holding: A Poem, by Ross Gay 

PEN Open Book Award: Inheritors, by Asako Serizawa 

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story CollectionFurther News of Defeat, by Michael X. Wang 

PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut NovelSharks in the Time of Saviors, by Kawai Strong Washburn

PEN/Voelcker Award For Poetry CollectionObit, by Victoria Chang 

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation: ​​​​Raised by Wolves: Poems and Conversations, written by Amang and translated from the Chinese by Steve Bradbury

PEN Translation PrizeA Country for Dying, written by Abdellah Taïa and translated from the French by Emma Ramadan

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the EssayHad I Known: Collected Essays, by Barbara Ehrenreich

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Service Writing AwardOwls of the Eastern Ice, by Jonathan C. Slaght 

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for BiographyStranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World, by Amy Stanley

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for NonfictionWayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, by Saidiya Hartman

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