Forget the OSCARS; the 2011 National Book Critics Award is the prize worth watching out for, especially since Aracelis Girmay's sophomore collection of poems Kingdom Animalia, published by BOA Editions, has been nominated in the category for poetry. The award "honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature." The National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors, which is elected annually, nominates five authors for each category including autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Past winners in the category of poetry include CD Wright, John Ashbery, Robert Lowell, and Louise Glück. This year's winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, March 8, at 6:00 p.m. at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York. Go, Aracelis!
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