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Patti Smith delivers the 2016 Windham-Campbell Lecture. “Devotion,” an expanded version of the lecture, will be published by Yale University Press in 2017.

Festival 2016

Hilton Als and Professor Jacqueline Goldsby discuss the legacy of one of our most significant and complicated authors in post-Civil Rights, post-Ferguson, almost post-Obama America.

Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Whitney Humanities Center.

Festival 2016

Borges famously said that he imagined paradise to be a kind of library. Many writers would agree. Yale Press Director and NHFPL Board Member John Donatich talks to novelists C. E.Morgan, Jerry Pinto, and Tessa Hadley about the role that libraries have played in the development of their imaginative work.

Co-sponsored by the New Haven Free Public Library and Yale University Press.

Festival 2016

Resisting fixed identities is at the heart of creative endeavor. This might be especially true of gender. Professor Amy Hungerford talks to Hilton Als, Helen Garner, and Tessa Hadley about how this resistance comes to shape the work of the writer.

Co-sponsored by the New Haven Free Public Library and the Department of English.

Festival 2016

Prize recipient Hannah Moscovitch reads from her play Bunnyat the 2016 festival.

Festival 2016

Abbie Spallen reads from her play Strandline at the 2016 festival.

Festival 2016

Prize recipient Jerry Pinto reads from his novel Em and the Big Hoom at the 2016 festival.

Festival 2016

Prize recipient C. E. Morgan reads from her novel The Sport of Kings at the 2016 festival.

Festival 2016

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins reads from his new play Everybody at the 2016 festival.

Festival 2016

Prize recipient Tessa Hadley reads from her short story “Dido's Lament,” which first appeared in the August 8 & 15, 2016 issue of The New Yorker.

Festival 2016

Prize recipient Helen Garner reads from her essay “The Insults of Age” at the 2016 festival.

Festival 2016

Prize recipient Stanley Crouch reads from the unpublished second volume of his Charlie Parker biography at the 2016 festival.

Festival 2016

Prize recipient Hilton Als reads from an unpublished essay at the 2016 festival.

Festival 2015

Hilton Als delivers the Windham-Campbell Lecture at Sprague Hall, Yale University, on September 28, 2015. Introduced by James Bundy, Dean of the Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of the Yale Repertory Theater. The lecture will be the first publication in a new series by Yale University Press called “Why I Write.”

Festival 2015

The 2015 Windham-Campbell Prize winners answer the question, “Why Write?”

Festival 2015

Windham-Campbell Prize winner Ivan Vladislavić reads from his book Portrait with Keys at the 2015 Prize Festival.

Festival 2015

Windham-Campbell Prize winner Geoff Dyer reads from an unpublished essay about Jackson Pollock at the 2015 Prize Festival.

Festival 2015

Windham-Campbell Prize winner Edmund de Waal reads from his book The White Road at the 2015 Prize Festival.

Festival 2015

Windham-Campbell Prize winner Jackie Sibblies Drury reads from an untitled play-in-progress at the 2015 Prize Festival.

Festival 2015

Windham-Campbell Prize winner John Jeremiah Sullivan reads from an unpublished essay at the 2015 Prize Festival.

Festival 2015

Windham-Campbell Prize winner Helon Habila reads from his novel Oil on Water at the 2015 Prize Festival.

Festival 2015

Windham-Campbell Prize winner Teju Cole reads from his novel Open City at the 2015 Prize Festival.

Festival 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham discusses fiction writing withWindham-Campbell Prize winners Teju Cole, Helon Habila, and Ivan Vladislavić at the 2015 Prize Festival.

Festival 2015

National Book Award-winning author Edward Ball leads a discussion with Anne Fadiman and Windham-Campbell Prize winners Geoff Dyer and John Jeremiah Sullivan at the 2015 Prize Festival.

Festival 2015

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NINE INTERNATIONAL WINDHAM-CAMPBELL PRIZEWINNERS ANNOUNCED

Recipients, chosen for fiction, nonfiction, and drama, each receive $150,000 unrestricted grants

NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 24–– The Windham-Campbell Prizes announced today its third round of prizewinners, chosen confidentially in three categories –– fiction, nonfiction, and drama ––to honor and support writers anywhere in the world writing in English. The awards, which come with a $150,000 check, can be given for a body of work or extraordinary promise. The 2015 winners are, in fiction: Teju Cole, Helon Habila, and Ivan Vladislavić; in nonfiction: Edmund de Waal, Geoff Dyer, and John Jeremiah Sullivan; and, in drama: Jackie Sibblies Drury, Helen Edmundson, and Debbie Tucker Green. Full bios are just below.

The Windham-Campbell Prizes were established by Donald Windham and Sandy M. Campbell to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. The Prizes debuted in 2013. There is no submission process and winners are determined by a global group of invited nominators, a jury in each cate-gory, and a selection committee.

In September, the winners will gather from around the world at Yale (where the Prizes are based), for an international literary festival celebrating their work. All events are free and open to the public.

“The Windham-Campbell Prizes were created by a writer to support other writers, said Michael Kelleher, director of the program. “Donald Windham recognized that the most significant gift he could give to another writer was time to write. In addition to the recognition prestige it confers, the prize gives them just that – with no strings attached.”

Festival 2014

Couldn't get enough of the 2014 prize festival? Relive the highlights here with our new video.

Festival 2014

Watch live as Yale President Peter Salovey announces the 2014 Prizewinners in Drama, Nonfiction and Fiction. Friday, March 7 at 10 AM EST.

Festival 2013

Yale confers the prizes on the winners of the 2013 Windham-Campbell Prizes

Festival 2013

A video of the 2013 Prizewinners reading at the Yale Art Gallery