PEN Center USA Literary Award

168 Works 73,817 Books 2,481 Reviews ½ 4.0
All, Winner (167), Finalist (1)
All, 2017 (5), 2016 (6), 2015 (7), 2014 (6), 2013 (8), 2012 (7), 2011 (7), 2010 (7), 2009 (5), 2008 (4), 2007 (6), 2006 (4), 2005 (5), 2004 (5), 2003 (4), 2002 (4), 2001 (5), 2000 (5), 1999 (5), 1998 (5), 1997 (4), 1996 (4), 1995 (3), 1994 (4), 1993 (3), 1992 (4), 1991 (3), 1990 (5), 1989 (5), 1988 (5), 1987 (5), 1986 (4), 1985 (3), 1983 (4), 1982 (1)

Winner 167

Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe JacksonBiography2017
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen OyeyemiLiterature2017
The Verging Cities (Mountain West Poetry Series) by Natalie Scenters-ZapicoPoetry2017
Pearl by Gawain PoetPoetry in Translation2017
Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA by Joe NoceraSports Writing2017
The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts2016
The Porcupine of Truth by Bill KonigsbergChildren's and Young Adult2016
A House of My Own: Stories from My Life by Sandra CisnerosCreative Nonfiction2016
Reconnaissance : poems by Carl PhillipsPoetry2016
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill LeovyResearch Nonfiction2016
Forbidden Pleasures: New Selected Poems [1924-1949] by Luis CernudaTranslation2016
See How Small by Scott Blackwood2016
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye WaltonChildren's and Young Adult2015
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion by Meghan DaumCreative Nonfiction2015
Arlington by Victor LodatoDrama2015
Bridge (American Reader) by Robert ThomasFiction2015
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia RankinePoetry2015
Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming by McKenzie FunkResearch Nonfiction2015
Anatomical theater : selected poems of Andrei Sen-Senkov by Andrei Sen-SenkovTranslation2015
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita EngleChildren's and Young Adult2014
Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami by Gretel EhrlichCreative Nonfiction2014
Sea of Hooks by Lindsay HillFiction2014
Over Easy by Mimi PondGraphic Literature2014
The Boss (McSweeney's Poetry Series) by Victoria ChangPoetry2014
Dallas 1963 by Bill MinutaglioResearch Nonfiction2014
Under the Bridge by Michael HarmonChildren's and Young Adult2013
Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy HarjoCreative Nonfiction2013
The Body of an American (Oberon Modern Plays) by Dan O'BrienDrama2013
No One Is Here Except All of Us by Ramona AusubelFiction2013
The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream by Randol ContrerasFirst Book2013
Marble Season by Gilbert HernandezGraphic Literature2013
The Wishing Tomb by Amanda AuchterPoetry2013
Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power by Seth RosenfeldResearch Nonfiction2013
Icefall by Matthew J. KirbyChildren's and Young Adult2012
A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet by Eavan BolandCreative Nonfiction2012
You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan FallonFiction2012
Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West by Beth E. LevyFirst Book2012
The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment by Anne WaldmanPoetry2012
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice MillardResearch Nonfiction2012
The Lizard's Tale by José DonosoTranslation2012
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz RyanChildren's and Young Adult2011
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory BoyleCreative Nonfiction2011
Tengo Sed: A Novel (Literature and Medicine Series) by James FlemingFiction2011
From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa by Sebouh David AslanianFirst Book2011
from unincorporated territory [saina] by Craig Santos PerezPoetry2011
Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian MorrisResearch Nonfiction2011
Aliss at the Fire by Jon FosseTranslation2011
The Dunderheads by Paul FleischmanChildren's and Young Adult2010
This Lovely Life by Vicki FormanCreative Nonfiction2010
Mathilda Savitch by Victor LodatoFiction2010
The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande by Angela GarciaFirst Book2010
Multiversal (Poets Out Loud) by Amy CatanzanoPoetry2010
Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents by Minal HajratwalaResearch Nonfiction2010
If I Were Another: Poems by Mahmoud DarwishTranslation2010
The Underneath by Kathi AppeltChildren's Literature2009
The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve LopezCreative Nonfiction2009
Harm's Way by Shem BittermanDrama2009
A Country Called Home by Kim BarnesFiction2009
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. ChangResearch Nonfiction2009
Strays by Ron KoertgeChildren's Literature2008
The Fragile Edge: Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific by Julia WhittyCreative Nonfiction2008
Lost City Radio by Daniel AlarcónFiction2008
Poor People by William T. VollmannResearch Nonfiction2008
Weedflower by Cynthia KadohataChildren's Literature2007
The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild In the Middle of Nowhere by Debra MarquartCreative Nonfiction2007
Mayakovsky Takes the Stage by Craig VolkDrama2007
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin BrockmeierFiction2007
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence WrightResearch Nonfiction2007
The Tequila Worm by Viola CanalesChildren's Literature2006
Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World by Michael ChorostCreative Nonfiction2006
Wounded by Percival EverettFiction2006
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam HochschildResearch Nonfiction2006
Gifts by Ursula K. Le GuinChildren's Literature2005
A Meal Observed by Andrew TodhunterCreative Nonfiction2005
The Clean House by Sarah RuhlDrama2005
The Daydreaming Boy by Micheline Aharonian MarcomFiction2005
Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War by Evan WrightResearch Nonfiction2005
Zipped (Knopf Readers Circle) by Laura McNealChildren's Literature2004
In the Shadow of Memory by Floyd SklootCreative Nonfiction2004
Body of Faith by Luis AlfaroDrama2004
Crescent by Diana Abu-JaberFiction2004
Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life by David GrinspoonResearch Nonfiction2004
Stoner & Spaz by Ron KoertgeChildren's Literature2003
Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel EllsbergCreative Nonfiction2003
My Happy Life by Lydia MilletFiction2003
Seeing in the dark by Timothy FerrisResearch Nonfiction2003
The Land by Mildred D. TaylorChildren's Literature2002
Many Circles by Albert GoldbarthCreative Nonfiction2002
Hell's Bottom, Colorado by Laura PritchettFiction2002
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton SidesResearch Nonfiction2002
Iris and Walter by Elissa Haden GuestChildren's Literature2001
And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City Students by Miles CorwinCreative Nonfiction2001
The Theory of Everything by Prince GomolvilasDrama2001
Spontaneous: A Novel by Diana WagmanFiction2001
Our Vietnam: The War 1954-1975 by A. J. LangguthResearch Nonfiction2001
Weslandia by Paul FleischmanChildren's Literature2000
The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant by Dan SavageCreative Nonfiction2000
Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop for Ties by Michelle CarterDrama2000
Village of a Million Spirits: A Novel of the Treblinka Uprising by Ian MacMillanFiction2000
The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War by Eileen WelsomeResearch Nonfiction2000
Petty Crimes by Gary SotoChildren's Literature1999
Red Star Sister: Between Madness and Utopia by Leslie BrodyCreative Nonfiction1999
The Knee Desires the Dirt: A Play in Two Acts by Julie HebertDrama1999
Tomato Red by Daniel WoodrellFiction1999
The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, & the Rush to Colorado by Elliott WestResearch Nonfiction1999
James Printer: A Novel of Rebellion by Paul Samuel JacobsChildren's Literature1998
Burning the Days: Recollection by James SalterCreative Nonfiction1998
Polaroid Stories by Naomi IizukaDrama1998
The Dazzle of Day by Molly GlossFiction1998
Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature by Harry W. GreeneResearch Nonfiction1998
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg KehretChildren's Literature1997
Bad Land: An American Romance by Jonathan RabanCreative Nonfiction1997
The Atlas by William T. VollmannFiction1997
No Matter How Loud I Shout : A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court by Edward HumesResearch Nonfiction1997
The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia RylantChildren's Literature1996
Ballad of Yachiyo. by Philip Kan GotandaDrama1996
The Paperboy by Pete DexterFiction1996
Drowning in the Sea of Love: Musical Memoirs by Al YoungNonfiction1996
Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest by Gerald McDermottChildren's Literature1995
Living To Be A Hundred: Stories by Robert BoswellFiction1995
Toulouse-Lautrec: A Life (Phoenix Giants) by Julia FreyNonfiction1995
Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen KrullChildren's Literature1994
Lonely Planet by Steven DietzDrama1994
My Horse and Other Stories (New American Fiction Series) by Stacey LevineFiction1994
President Kennedy: Profile of Power by Richard ReevesNonfiction1994
Is Kissing a Girl Who Smokes Like Licking an Ashtray? by Randy PowellChildren's Literature1993
Alburquerque by Rudolfo AnayaFiction1993
Hole in the Sky: A Memoir by William KittredgeNonfiction1993
Tree of Cranes by Allen SayChildren's Literature1992
The Kentucky Cycle by Robert SchenkkanDrama1992
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra CisnerosFiction1992
J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets by Curt GentryNonfiction1992
The Dragon's Robe by Deborah Nourse LattimoreChildren's Literature1991
Animal Dreams by Barbara KingsolverFiction1991
Bravo 20: The Bombing of the American West by Richard MisrachNonfiction1991
Five-Finger Discount by Barthe DeClementsChildren's Literature1990
Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book by Maxine Hong KingstonFiction/Novel1990
If the River Was Whiskey by T. C. BoyleFiction/Short Stories1990
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace by Le Ly HayslipNonfiction1990
The Forty-Third War (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books) by Louise MoeriYoung Adult1990
Her Own Song by Ellen HowardChildren's Literature1989
Paris Trout by Pete DexterFiction/Novel1989
A Boy Like Astrid's Mother by Mae BriskinFiction/Short Stories1989
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul MonetteNonfiction1989
Probably Still Nick Swansen by Virginia Euwer WolffYoung Adult1989
Postcards from the Edge by Carrie FisherFiction/First Novel1988
Imagining Argentina by Lawrence ThorntonFiction/General1988
The Other Side of Time: A Combat Surgeon in World War II by Brendan PhibbsNonfiction1988
Street Family by Adrienne JonesYoung Adult1988
The Return by Sonia LevitinYoung Adult1988
The Girl by Robbie BranscumChildren's Fiction1987
Israel by Helen Hinckley JonesChildren's Nonfiction1987
The Life of Helen Alone by Karen LawrenceFiction/First Novel1987
Fair Augusto and Other Stories by Laura KalpakianFiction/Short Stories1987
Monster Seaweeds: The Story of the Giant Kelps (Ocean World Library) by Mary DaeglingFirst Book1987
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey WoodChildren's Literature1986
Shedding Skin by Robert WardFiction1986
The Color of the Air by John B. SanfordNonfiction1986
Top Secret by John Reynolds GardinerYoung Adult1986
The Butter Battle Book by Dr. SeussChildren's Literature1985
Stones for Ibarra by Harriet DoerrFiction1985
John Steinbeck, Writer: A Biography by Jackson J. BensonNonfiction1985
False Match by Henry BeanFiction1983
Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People by Tim ReitermanNonfiction1983
Ratha's Creature by Clare BellYoung Adult1983
The Birds of Summer by Zilpha Keatley SnyderYoung Adult1983
Windowlight by Ann NietzkeFiction1982

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