July 13, 2012
Aracelis Girmay named as finalist for Hurston/Wright Legacy Award!
BOA poet Aracelis Girmay has been named as a finalist for the 11th Annual Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Kingdom Animalia (BOA 2011)!
Quoting from their website, the award honors “exemplary works of literature before the national community of Black writers. By honoring these nominees, we’re recognizing the profound significance, necessity, and genius of Black writers and the stories they tell.” Kingdom Animalia was selected by a group of published authors as one of just three nominees in the Poetry category. The award is also offered in Fiction and Nonfiction categories. The award ceremony will be held December 1, 2012, at Howard University in Washington, D. C.
The nomination adds to a growing list of recognitions and awards for Kingdom Animalia including BOA’s biennial Isabella Gardner Award in 2011. The book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Rumpus Book Club Selection, and was noted by O Magazine as one of the best Poetry Books of the Year. A poem from the selection is currently being featured in the Poetry Society of America and Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Poetry in Motion program in New York City.