Announcing WLT’s 2022 Pushcart Prize Nominees

December 14, 2022
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Fresh off our delight in seeing Kamilah Aisha Moon’s poem “Fireflies” in the Pushcart Prize XLVII anthology, the editors of World Literature Today are delighted to announce our new shortlist of Pushcart nominations for 2022. Pushcart Prize XLVIII will honor the best poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays published by small-press magazines and book publishers. This year, WLT’s six nominees include:


Layla Benitez-James, “Life with André





Gloria Blizzard, “The Year of Jazz





Mónica Lavín, “Coyoacán à la Carte,” translated by D. P. Snyder





Dorthe Nors, “Wandering Houses,” translated by Caroline Waight





Alina Stefanescu, “17 Reasons I Love Ellipses in Poetry, Prose, and Translation






Raquel Salas Rivera, “the right to madness,” translated by the author




Congratulations to our nominated writers and translators! This is just a sampling of WLT’s phenomenal content from the past year—as always, choosing from more than two hundred contributors, both print and online, proved exceptionally difficult.

As the year comes to a close, Michelle Johnson, Rob Vollmar, and I would like to thank the many writers, artists, translators, reviewers, contributing editors, board members, University of Oklahoma colleagues and students, and readers who make World Literature Today an indispensable voice in the conversation about international literature and culture. We feel remarkably privileged to share this work with our readers, and we look forward to showcasing the many literary delights that 2023 is sure to bring.

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Daniel Simon is a poet, essayist, translator, and WLT’s assistant director and editor in chief. His 2017 edited volume, Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017, won a 2018 Nebraska Book Award. His most recent edited collection, Dispatches from the Republic of Letters: 50 Years of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (Deep Vellum/Phoneme, 2020), was a Publishers Weekly starred pick. Under a Gathering Sky, his third book of poems, was published by SFA Press in April 2024.