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A collage created by the celebrated poet John Ashbery will be featured on the cover of the 2015 National Book Awards program book. Winner of the National Book Award in 1976 and recipient of the Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2011, Ashbery published Breezeway, his twenty-sixth volume of poetry, earlier this year. One of the most significant literary figures of the past half-century, Ashbery also is celebrated for his writing on art, and first experimented with collage-making as an undergraduate at Harvard College. His most recent exhibition opened June 18 at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City. Previous contemporary artists to contribute artwork to the National Book Awards are Matt Bollinger, Jeff Koons, Julie Mehretu, and Ed Ruscha.