NORMAN, OKLA., Nov. 1, 2013 – Mozambican author António Emílio Leite Couto (Mia Couto) has been chosen by a jury of nine international authors to receive the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
The $50,000 prize is sponsored by…
The second day of the Neustadt Festival was once again a huge success. In our first event, we proudly launched two books, Nigerians in Space by Neustadt juror Deji Olukotun and Good Night, Mr. Kissinger by K. Anis Ahmed. We were joined by…
Neustadt 2013 Kick Off and Opening Night Synopsis
The Neustadt Festival 2013 has officially begun! Ananda Devi regaled an overflowing room of students with stories of language, writing, and identity in the first Neustadt event of the week.…
The 2013 Neustadt Festival of International Literature & Culture—featuring twenty poets, novelists, musicians, filmmakers, translators, and scholars from around the globe—will take place on the University of Oklahoma campus October 29…
Announcing Mia Couto as the laureate of the 2014 Neustadt Prize
The 2013 Neustadt Festival celebrated the poetry and children’s literature by 2013 NSK Neustadt prizewinner Naomi Shihab Nye, as well as the works of the nine international writers who convened at the University of Oklahoma as the jury for the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Stay tuned for photos and video from this year's festival celebrating Naomi Shihab Nye, and more stories about Mia Couto, the laureate of the 2014 Neustadt Prize.
“Forge your iron; shape it by force, / not into a flower you already know / but into what can also be a flower / if you think it is and it is so.” ― João Cabral de Melo Neto, Education by Stone: Selected Poems (1992 Neustadt Prize Laureate)
“Verbal humor is one of the more obvious features of Ponge’s style. It runs the whole gamut of word play, down to the outrageous sort of pun customarily greeted with a groan. In part, this carries on the systematic surrealist destruction of conventional literature.” — Micheal Riffaterre on 1974 Neustadt Prize Laureate Francis Ponge
“Kamau Brathwaite, a towering poet, has moved from the margins of language and history, from the peripheral realm of ”the other exiles,’ to the center of civilization, affecting a renaissance of oral poetry and remaking of the poetic world.” - H. H. Anniah Gowda on 1994 Neustadt Prize Laureate Kamau Brathwaite
“Awarding the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature to Adam Zagajewski, the most gifted poetic heir of Miłosz, is like passing on a baton, providing reassurance that Polish poetry is alive and doing well.”—Bogdana Carpenter on 2004 Neustadt Prize Laureate Adam Zagajewski
“The passion to teach, to share deeply experienced “lessons from life,” is embedded in all literature.” ― Vera B. Williams
The Neustadt International Prize for Literature is a biennial award sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today.
The Prize consists of $50,000, a replica of an eagle feather cast in silver, and a certificate. A generous endowment from the Neustadt family of Ardmore, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas, ensures the award in perpetuity.