Kalamazoo’s Diane Seuss among 2016 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalists

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Nominated Finalists were announced on Monday, April 18 at 3pm eastern daylight time via live-stream on pulitzer.org. Directly after the live-stream, lists of winners and finalists, along with prize-winning stories, columns, editorials, cartoons and photos became available on pulitzer.org.

The press conference took place at 3 p.m. eastern daylight time in the World Room, Pulitzer Hall, Columbia University, New York City. This was the 100th announcement of the Prizes. 

The announcement was made by Mike Pride, administrator of The Pulitzer Prizes

The Prizes were announced on  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other channels.N9sExtO-

Among the winners is poet Diane Seuss, author of “Four-Legged Girl,” published by Graywolf Press.

The Pulitzer committee called the book: “A richly improvisational poetry collection that leads readers through a gallery of incisive and beguiling portraits and landscapes.”

The book, her third, was named a finalist in the 2016 Pulitzer Prize competition.

Seuss teaches at Kalamazoo College and has also taught many local poets in classes for the community.

The winner in Poetry was Ozone Journal, by Peter Balakian. (University of Chicago Press).  Alive: New and Selected Poems, by Elizabeth Willis (NYRB) also was a finalist in the Poetry category.

The jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry was made up of Nikky FInney,  (John H. Bennett, Jr. Endowed Professor Of Creative Writing And Southern Letters, University Of South Carolina; Al Filreis,Kelly Professor Of English, University Of Pennsylvania; and Rafael Campo, Associate Professor Of Medicine, Harvard University.

“Four-Legged Girl” can be purchased at the following Kalamazoo area booksellers: Bookbug, Kazoo Books, and Michigan News Agency.