Watch the 2017 National Book Awards Finalists Reading


 
National Book Awards Reading 2017On the eve of the 2017 National Book Awards Ceremony, The New School's Creative Writing Program hosts a reading with the Finalists in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young People’s Literature.
Hosted by BuzzFeed's Isaac Fitzgerald and Saeed Jones.
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Saeed Jones (left) and Isaac Fitzgerald (right), co-hosts of Buzzfeed News morning show AM to DM, credit
Saeed Jones (left) and Isaac Fitzgerald (right), Cohosts of BuzzFeed News AM to DM. (Photo credit: Drew Reynolds)
ABOUT OUR HOSTS:
ISAAC FITZGERALD  
Co-host of BuzzFeed News morning show AM to DM, Isaac Fitzgerald is an award-winning author and founding editor of BuzzFeed Books. He has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. A Boston native, he is a graduate of George Washington University and briefly worked in politics before joining the literary scene. He previously worked at The Rumpus and McSweeney's and frequently appears on The Today Show to talk books. Co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Themand Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), he is currently writing his forthcoming 2018 Young Adult novel and picture book from Bloomsbury. Find him on Twitter.
SAEED JONES  
Co-host of BuzzFeed News morning show AM to DM, award-winning writer Saeed Jones most recently served as executive editor, culture at BuzzFeed. Jones’ debut poetry collection Prelude To Bruise (Coffee House Press) was the 2015 winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award For Poetry and the Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and a finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle awards. Jones won a Pushcart Prize for poetry in 2013 and 2016. His poetry and essays have appeared in The New York TimesNPR and Best American Poetry, among others. A Memphis native, he grew up in Lewisville, Texas, attended Western Kentucky University for undergrad and earned his MFA at Rutgers University. The Advocate Magazine recently named him as one of the "50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media." His memoir, How We Fight For Our Lives, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2018. Find him on Twitter.