Voices from Our Archives
Wednesday 12 September 2012
Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. She is the author of the bestselling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which won the 42nd...Event Details
The Fire This Time: A Tribute to James Baldwin with Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, Kevin Young, et al.
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Nikky Finney is the author of five books of poetry and a collection of short stories, including On Wings Made of Gauze, Rice, Heartwood, and her latest collection Lovechild’s Hot Bed of Occasional Poetry: Poems and...Event Details
Thursday 12 December 2013
Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry: Monument (2018); Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), winner of...Event Details
Wednesday 28 September 2011
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria and burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, hailed by critics as “one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years” (Baltimore...Event Details
Wednesday 30 September 2015
Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright and president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Light of the World, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in...Event Details
J. PATRICK LANNAN, JR. (1938 - 2022)
Patrick Lannan died Wednesday, July 27, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife Andrea and daughter Sharron by his side.
In lieu of the significant tribute he deserves — and to which he would’ve strongly objected — for now, in this moment of loss and our collective grief, we can only offer the words of Seamus Heaney:
And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightning of a flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you’ll park and capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.
News from Lannan Foundation
22 April 2022 – Lannan Foundation today announced plans to close by 2032 and spend out all assets.
For more information, please read our announcement.
2021 Lannan Literary Awards & Fellowships
Lannan honors established and emerging writers of distinctive literary merit:
Yusef Komunyakaa: Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement
Rabih Alameddine: Literary Award
Deborah Levy: Literary Award
Afia Atakora: Literary Fellowship
Cameron Awkward-Rich: Literary Fellowship
Eduardo C. Corral: Literary Fellowship
Kirstin Valdez Quade: Literary Fellowship
Recent Event: Taking Children, Taking the Land
Nick Estes and Rebecca Nagle had an urgent discussion of the ongoing attack on Indigenous children and Indigenous land. This was a virtual event in partnership with Haymarket Books.
Recent Event: Abolition, Cultural Freedom, Liberation
Angela Y. Davis, Mike Davis, and Ruth Wilson Gilmore joined author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor for an urgent conversation on abolition, cultural freedom, and liberation. Watch it here.
Recent Event: Consequences of Capitalism
Hear Noam Chomsky's recent talk and conversation with E. Tammy Kim on the brutal realities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic—and the urgent need for an alternative to capitalism.
Bookworm Interview with Atsuro Riley
Lannan Art Collection: Recent Acquisition
Marfa Public Radio
West Texas Talk — Marfa Public Radio’s flagship program — features discussions about regional issues as well as conversations with writers, musicians, filmmakers, and artists, including interviews with Lannan poets and writers in residence. Visit their archive here.