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2015 Book Prize Winners’ Books Now Available from University of Nebraska Press

2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Winners

Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is pleased to announce that our 2015 Book Prize Winners’ books are now available from the University of Nebraska Press and wherever books are sold.

Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, receiving $3000 and publication by the University of Nebraska Press. Called a “stunning debut collection” in a starred Publishers Weekly review and powered by the teeming intellect and ravishing lucidity of a young poet in full possession of her literary power” by poet Major Jackson, Cannibal was chosen by guest-judges David Baker and Hilda Raz with Editor-in-Chief Kwame Dawes. Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and has published work in numerous journals and been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2016 Whiting Award. She is currently pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, where she is a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow.

One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist by Dustin M. Hoffman won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, receiving $3000 and publication by the University of Nebraska Press. The collection, described by Matt Bell as “heartfelt and humorous and always keen to the ways our working lives serve to reveal our more personal hopes and dreams” and praised by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly memorable read, was selected chosen by guest-judges Elizabeth Nunez and Bernardine Evaristo with Editor-in-Chief Kwame Dawes. Dustin M. Hoffman spent ten years painting houses in Michigan before earning an MFA from Bowling Green State University and a PhD from Western Michigan University. His stories have recently appeared in numerous publications, and he is an assistant professor of creative writing at Winthrop University in South Carolina.

Both Sinclair and Hoffman will visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campus this coming spring to for Prairie Schooner’s Annual Book Prize Reading and Celebration. Be sure to get your copy before then!

Cannibal and One-Hundred Knuckled Fist are available for purchase on the University of Nebraska Press’ website. To purchase Cannibal, click here. To purchase One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist, click here.


Danielle Pringle was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is currently pursuing an MA in creative writing with a secondary focus in Medieval & Renaissance studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.