Awards: Grammy; UNT Rilke for Poetry; BIO Winners

The winner last night of the Grammy Award in the category of spoken word album (including poetry, audiobooks and storytelling) is Faith: A Journey for All by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster Audio).


David Keplinger won the $10,000 University of North Texas Rilke Prize, which "recognizes a book written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision," for his collection, Another City (Milkweed Editions).

The judges also selected three finalists for this year's UNT Rilke Prize: Ada Limon's The Carrying (Milkweed Editions), Kevin Prufer's How He Loved Them (Four Way Books), and Doug Ramspeck's Black Flowers (LSU Press).


James McGrath Morris has won the 10th annual BIO Award, sponsored by Biographers International Organization and recognizing "a colleague who has made a major contribution to the advancement of the art and craft of biography."

A co-founder of BIO, Morris is the author of, among other titles, Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars; The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism; Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power; Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press, which won the 2015 Benjamin Hooks National Book Prize for the best work in civil rights history; and The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War. He is currently working on a biography of the late author Tony Hillerman.

Morris will receive the honor on May 18 at the 2019 BIO Conference in New York City, where he will deliver the keynote address.

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