The NSK Neustadt Prize: Celebrating the First Ten Years
A special section celebrating the first ten years of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature headlines the September 2014 issue of World Literature Today, with contributions by all six past NSK laureates:
- In an essay called “Tapped on the Shoulder,” Mildred D. Taylor, in the midst of writing her final novel (a conclusion to the Logan story), pauses to look back on her writing career and on the significance of winning the first NSK Prize in 2003.
- In “Over the Last Good While,” Brian Doyle—laureate of the 2005 prize—takes a characteristically humorous look at his efforts to conserve memory for future generations by recording his life and times in writing.
- In an essay called “Neustadt Memories,” Katherine Paterson writes that, while deeply grateful for winning the NSK Prize, she treasures most the people she and her husband encountered when they visited the University of Oklahoma in 2007.
- In lieu of a prose retrospective, Vera B. Williams submitted a delightful poem called “Bronx Doggerel” along with a gallery of original illustrations, plus a note on the Bronx as a rich source for her literary imagination.
- In a wry self-interview called “To Be of Use,” 2011 laureate Virginia Euwer Wolff celebrates those “moments of witness that we cheer and promote, the presences we bless with our attention.”
- And in “How Would the World Be Different?”, Naomi Shihab Nye relates a priceless anecdote about meeting a high school student in Qatar for whom writing represents “secret diplomacy.”
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Table of Contents
- INTRO: “Celebrating the First Ten Years of the NSK Prize” by Kathy Neustadt
- “Over the Last Good While” by Brian Doyle
- “Neustadt Memories” by Katherine Paterson
- “Bronx Doggerel” by Vera B. Williams
- “To Be of Use: A Self-Interview” by Virginia Euwer Wolff
- “How Would the World Be Different?” by Naomi Shihab Nye
- “Tapped on the Shoulder” by Mildred D. Taylor
- ESSAY: “The Uses of Indigenous Literatures” by Joshua B. Nelson
- WEB EXCLUSIVE AUDIO POETRY: Two Poems by Mikeas Sánchez
- WEB EXCLUSIVE AUDIO POETRY: Audio Recording of “Language of Stone” by Yorgos Soukoulis
- INTERVIEW: “The Lost Cities of the Amazon: A Conversation with Milton Hatoum” by Charlotte Rogers
- POETRY: Four Poems by Tóroddur Poulsen
- FICTION: Three Fables by Ribka Sibhatu
- ESSAY: “The Magic and Poetry of Parraruru: From Recovery to Discovery in Aboriginal Literature” by Shon Arieh-Lerer
- POETRY: “Poems from a Young Indigenous Australia” by Shon Arieh-Lerer
- INTERVIEW: “Bards of Heart, Wind, Sky An Interview with Simon Wickham-Smith” by Sara Wilson
- WEB EXCLUSIVE AUDIO POETRY: Audio Recording of “The Swallows” by G. Mend-Ooyo
- WEB EXCLUSIVE AUDIO POETRY: Two Poems by Amarsana Ulzytuev
- WEB EXCLUSIVE ESSAY & PHOTO GALLERY: “Committing Mongolia to Memory” by Ben Packham
- “The Nameless Saints” by Andrés Felipe Solano
- “The Ethics of Ethics and Literature” by Mark Kingwell
- “Best Wishes” by Antonio Tabucchi
- The Past Prepares the Future: A Conversation with Burundian Novelist Roland Rugero
- Editor’s Note, September 2014
- City Profile: Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- What to Read Now: Egypt
- World Music: “The Contemporary Soundscape of Nomadic Mongolia” by Sunmin Yoon
- New Books: Friendship
- Editor’s Pick: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
- Outpost: “The Wild Detectives” by Jeremiah Gentle