National Book Awards announces poetry longlist

How To Be Drawn. Terrance Hayes. Penguin.
How To Be Drawn. Terrance Hayes. Penguin.

Former National Book Award winners Terrance Hayes and Marilyn Hacker will have another shot at the prize this year.

Both are on the longlist for poetry, released Tuesday by the National Book Foundation, which presents the awards. Nominees for young people’s literature were announced Monday, with nonfiction and fiction longlists to come later this week.

Hayes was nominated for How to Be Drawn and Hacker, who won 40 years ago for her debut collection, Presentation Piece, was chosen for A Stranger’s Mirror. The 10 finalists also include Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Amy Gerstler’s Scattered at Sea and Ada Limon’s Bright Dead Things. Judges will narrow the list to five on Oct. 14, with the winner to be announced at the annual awards ceremony on Nov. 18 in Manhattan.

Also on the longlist for poetry were three books published by Alfred A. Knopf – Jane Hirshfield’s The Beauty, Robin Coste Lewis’ Voyage of the Sable Venus and Patrick Phillips’ Elegy for a Broken Machine — along with Rowan Ricardo Phillips’ Heaven and Lawrence Raab’s Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts.