The National Book Awards 2013: Poetry longlist

The 10 books of poetry on the 2013 National Book Awards longlist
(National Book Foundation)

Can you name any of the poets on the longlist for the National Book Awards’ 2013 prize in poetry? If you listen to National Public Radio, the answer is yes, you probably can.

That’s because one of 10 finalists, named Tuesday, is nationally known for his radio essays. But Andrei Codrescu isn’t just a radio commentator, he’s a poet, nominated for his collection “So Recently Rent a World, New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012,” published by Coffee House Press.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Brenda Hillman, who has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, made the longlist with her new collection, “Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire,” published by Wesleyan University Press.

Two of the finalists have been Cave Canem fellows, writers who participated in the selective workshops for African American poets. They are Adrian Matejka for his collection “The Big Smoke,” published by Penguin Poets/Penguin Group USA, and Roger Bonair-Agard, who has twice been a National Poetry Slam Champion, with his collection “Bury My Clothes,” published by Haymarket Books.


Matt Rasmussen, who makes his debut with the collection “Black Aperture” from Louisiana State University Press, has also made the National Book Awards longlist.

Poet Frank Bidart has been a finalist for a National Book Award three times; he made the 2013 longlist with his collection “Metaphysical Dog,” published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Mary Szybist’s first poetry collection was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her new collection “Incarnadine: Poems,” published by Graywolf Press, puts her on the National Book Awards 2013 longlist.

Lucie Brock-Broido, who runs the poetry program at Columbia University, has won a number of prizes in the past. She makes the longlist with “Stay, Illusion,” published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Occidental College professor Martha Ronk also makes the longlist, with her collection “Transfer of Qualities” from Omnidawn Publishing.

Diane Raptosh, who is Boise, Idaho’s first poet laureate, is on the longlist with her collection “American Amnesiac,” published by Etruscan Press.


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