PEN AMERICAN CENTRE HONOURS WRITERS

Jul 30, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Playwright David Rabe, journalist and critic James Wolcott and poet Frank Bidart are among this year’s winners of awards from the PEN American Center.

The literary and human rights organization gave Ron Childress’  “And West is West” the $25,000 PEN/Bellwether Prize For Socially Engaged Fiction.

Wolcott received a $10,000 “Art of the Essay” prize for his collection “Critical Mass.”

Rabe won the $7,500 “Master Dramatist” award.  He’s known for “Hurly Burly” and “Sticks and Bones.”

Bidart was awarded $5,000 for his “distinguished and growing body of work.”  His books include “Desire” and “Metaphysical Dog.”

Among other winners, David Margulies received $7,500 for “Best Midcareer Playwright,” and Laura Marks was awarded $2,500 for “Best Emerging Playwright.”

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