Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Honor Diverse Stories of Poets and Authors
Cleveland Book Week starts Sept. 18 with literary events celebrating the winners of this year’s Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. Four authors are honored for their work celebrating diversity and understanding the roots of racism.
"She's a poet and essayist. She is a civil rights and peace activist. In a profound way, those things converge in her writing," Awards Manager Karen Long said.
Other award winners include former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith for her book "Wade in the Water."
Andrew Delbanco is honored for his nonfiction book "The War Before the War" about the history of runaway slaves before the Civil War.
Novelist Tommy Orange is recognized for his debut "There There" about what it means to be Native American in Oakland, California.
In a presentation at Kent State University Sept. 18, Sanchez will discuss how poetry and student activism have changed in the legacy of the May 4 shootings.
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony is Sept. 26 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland.
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