The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced 21writers who will receive its 2016 awards in literature, which will be presented in New York at the AcademyÃ¢Â€Â™s annual Ceremonial in May.
The Arts and Letters Awards in Literature will be presented to eight writers, including playwrights
Lynn Nottage (
Stephen Adly Guirgis (
The Motherf**ker With the Hat). The award comes with a $10,000 prize.
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (
An Octoroon) is the recipient of the Benjamin H. Danks Award, which is given every three years to an exceptional young playwright. This award comes with a $20,000 prize.
The literature prizes, totaling $550,000, honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry. The AcademyÃ¢Â€Â™s 250 members propose candidates, and a rotating committee of writers selects winners. This yearÃ¢Â€Â™s committee members were
John Guare, Sharon Olds, Anne Tyler, Rosanna Warren and Joy Williams.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was established in 1898 to Ã¢Â€Âœfoster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts.Ã¢Â€Â