2013 Debut-litzer Prize Judges
Welcome to our December episode of Late Night Debut. This month we feature the literary judges and readers from our 2013 Debut-litzer competition, in conversation about the winning books.
Act 1: Traci Brimhall and Jay Nebel discuss Natalie Diaz’s debut collection of poetry, When My Brother Was An Aztec
Act 2: Leslie Jamison and Patrick McGinty discuss Anakana Schofield’s debut novel, Malarky
Act 3: Paul Collins and Candace Opper discuss Benjamin Busch’s debut memoir, Dust to Dust
“We can all win a Pulitzer anytime. We can only be considered for a Debut-litzer once.”
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About our judges and readers:
Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins, selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery, winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, New England Review, Ploughshares and Best American Poetry 2013.
Jay Nebel’s poems have appeared in Tin House, ZYZZYVA, the New Orleans Review and others. He lives in Portland with his wife and son.
Leslie Jamison grew up in Los Angeles. Educated at Harvard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has also worked as an innkeeper in California, a schoolteacher in Nicaragua, and an office temp in Manhattan. She is the author of the novel, The Gin Closet.
Patrick McGinty’s fiction has appeared, most recently, in ZYZZYVA and The Portland Review. He recently wrote about Robert Boswell’s Tumbledown.
Paul Collins specializes in science writing, magazine writing, history and memoir; his eight books have appeared in eleven languages. In addition to appearing regularly on NPR’s Weekend Edition as their “literary detective” on odd and forgotten old books, he edits the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney’s Books, and is the 2009 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Candace Opper is the Program Director for Late Night Library. She has an MFA from Portland State University. Her writing has appeared at Guernica, Brevity and elsewhere.