Pulitzer Winners Announced

In case you don’t know what to read this weekend while you loaf in your hammock, we are here to share that 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners have been announced.

From reporting to feature writing to all our most well-known genres, the list of winners covers several types of writing we English majors may end up creating ourselves.


Not sure what the Pulitzer Prize actually is?

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the US. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of Hungarian-born American Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher. The award is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories.

Here are a few select winners:


The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

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For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.


Olio, by Tyehimba Jess (Wave Books)

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For a distinctive work that melds performance art with the deeper art of poetry to explore collective memory and challenge contemporary notions of race and identity.

General Nonfiction

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond (Crown)

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For a deeply researched exposΓ© that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.

Find your inspiration for that next paper or simply the how to spend a few hours this weekend on the list of Pulitzer Prize winners. Don’t forget to check out finalists too!

Happy (happy?) weekend reading FirstFloorCherrians!

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