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2016 Firecracker Award Finalists Announced

The 2016 Firecracker Award judges have released their lists of finalists! The judges themselves are also listed below. Winners will be announced at the Firecracker Awards Ceremony, held on Thursday, May 19 at Poets House in New York City.

 

FICTION FINALISTS

 

CREATIVE NON-FICTION FINALISTS

 

POETRY FINALISTS

 

MAGAZINE FINALISTS


Firecracker Award Judges

FICTION

Brad Johnson (Store Manager at Diesel, a Bookstore), Yiyun Li (author and contributing editor at A Public Space), and Dawn Raffel (author and former Executive Articles Editor for O, The Oprah Magazine)

CREATIVE NON-FICTION

Kelly McMasters (author), Meredith Walters (Director of Programs at Brooklyn Public Library), and Claire Kirch (Midwest Correspondent at Publishers Weekly)

POETRY

Kazim Ali (author and founding editor of Nightboat Books), Ifeanyi Menkiti (owner of Grolier Poetry Book Shop), Tim Nolan (author), Stephanie Strickland (author), and Jonathon Welch (Talking Leaves Books)

MAGAZINES

Don Lee (author), Ander Monson (author and editor of Diagram), David Martinez (author and editor for Gulf Coast), Molly Rose Quinn (author and Director of Public Programming at Housing Works Bookstore), and Clarence V. Reynolds (Director at the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY)