2012 Laurence L. & Thomas Winship /Pen New England Awards Announced

BOSTON, MA – PEN New England announced the winners of The Laurence L. & Thomas Winship /PEN New England Awards, celebrating best works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by New England authors. 

Yannick Murphy is being honored in the fiction category for The Call (Harper Perennial); Elizabeth Willis in the poetry category for Address (Wesleyan University Press); and Mitchell Zuckoff in the nonfiction category for Lost in Shangri-La (Harper). Judges for the Winship Awards this year were authors Jeanne Marie Beaumont (poetry), Mimi Schwartz (nonfiction), and Crystal Wilkinson (fiction). 

The Winship /PEN New England Award was established by the Boston Globe in 1975 to honor long-timeBoston Globe editor Laurence L. Winship. In 2012, the award was renamed The Laurence L. & Thomas Winship / PEN New England Award in honor of father and son, both long-time Boston Globe editors. 

Previous winners include E.B. White, Andre Dubus, Susan Cheever, Tracy Kidder, Mary Oliver, Susan Quinn, Jill Ker Conway, Jan Swafford, Anita Shreve, Edward Delaney, Swanee Hunt, Kevin Goodan, Stanley Kunitz, Leo Damrosch, Jennifer Haigh, K.C. Frederick, Louise Glück, Sebastian Junger, Rishi Reddi, Ann Killough, Kristen Laine, Patrick Tracey, Nancy K. Pearson, Margot Livesey, Anne Sanow, Meg Kearney, Elyssa East, Kermit Moyer, Charles Douthat and Gerald Walker. 

PEN New England provides a focal point for New England’s literary community, administers literary awards, sponsors programs celebrating great writing and great writers, and defends free expression. It is one of three regional branches of PEN American Center, which in turn is part of International PEN, the largest worldwide organization of writing professionals. 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and is supported, in part, by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a non-profit organization. 

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 1 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should call the Kennedy Presidential Library at (617) 514-1643 or register on-line at www.jfklibrary.org to reserve a seat.