NEW YORK — Fiction writer Hernan Diaz and playwright Michael R. Jackson are among 10 winners of $50,000 grants for emerging artists.
The Whiting Awards, established in 1985, have previously gone to Tony Kushner, Colson Whitehead and Lydia Davis among others.
On Wednesday night, the Whiting Foundation announced that awards for this year also went to poets Vanessa Ange?lica Villarreal, Kayleb Rae Candrilli and Tyree Daye, and nonfiction writers Terese Marie Mailhot and Nadia Owusu. Other recipients were fiction writers Nafissa Thompson-Spires and Merritt Tierce and dramatist Lauren Yee. The awards were presented during a Manhattan ceremony featuring keynote speaker Adam Johnson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer and past Whiting winner.
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