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Announcing Big Other’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awardees!


We are delighted to announce Big Other‘s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awardees!

The award honors exemplary living writers, who have made a significant contribution to literature and are continuing to shape and direct the conversation about literary art, about language, form, structure, style, and more.

Championing authors at the height of their careers is part of the Big Other’s longstanding efforts to celebrate literary art; promote innovation, creativity, diversity, and inclusivity; and engage and inspire more discerning readers.

These writers will be honored at the 2020 Big Other Book Awards Ceremony (date and location to be announced).

Here are our Honorees for 2020:


Will Alexander

Will Alexander, poet

Linguistic pyrotechnician, Will Alexander is the author of many books, including Asia & Haiti, Towards the Primeval Lightning Field, Above the Human Nerve Domain, Diary as Sin, Sunrise in Armageddon, Inside the Earthquake Palace, Mirach Speaks to his Grammatical Transparents, At Night on the Sun, Kaleidoscopic Omniscience, The Brimstone Boat, A Cannibal Explains Himself to Himself, The Sri Lankan Loxodrome, Across the Vapour Gulf, Compression & Purity, and Spectral Hieroglyphics: The One True Body, At the Vertigo Borders, On Higher Phlogiston Current. His Singing in Magnetic Hoofbeat: Essays, Prose, Texts, Interviews, and a Lecture was awarded an American Book Award. Alexander has taught at many colleges and universities, including the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, the University of California, and Hofstra University, among others. Alexander lives Los Angeles, CA.

Read the following Alexander pieces, all published in Big Other:
“From On Solar Physiology
“George Floyd: Protracted Elevation That Raises the Sun”
“Poetry: Power That Seeps From Invisible Wattage”


John Barth


Quintessential genre-trespasser, John Barth is the author of many books, including The Floating Opera; The End of the Road; The Sot-Weed Factor; Giles Goat-Boy, or, The Revised New Syllabus; Lost in the Funhouse: Fiction for Print, Tape, Live Voice; Chimera; Letters; Sabbatical: A Romance; The Tidewater Tales; The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor; Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera; On with the Story; Coming Soon!!!: A Narrative; The Book of Ten Nights and a Night: Eleven Stories; Where Three Roads Meet; The Development: Nine Stories;
Every Third Thought: A Novel in Five Seasons; Collected Stories; The Friday Book; Further Fridays; and Final Fridays. He divides his time between Maryland and Florida.

Read Three Stories, published in Conjunctions.



Stephanie Strickland


Virtuosic explorer of science, language, and technology, Stephanie Strickland is the author of many books, many of which have been published in print and in interactive hypermedia formats. Her work includes How the Universe Is Made, Poems New & Selected (1985-2019), V : WaveTercets / Losing L’una, Dragon Logic, Zone: Zero, True North, Ringing the Changes, and Give the Body Back. She edited What’s Become of Eden: Poems of Family at Century’s End, and co-edited, with Anneliese Wagner, River Poems. Strickland’s poetry was included in Best American Poetry 2013. Strickland has taught at the University of Utah and the Georgia Institute of Technology. She lives in New York City.

Read two poems by Strickland published in Big Other.


Can Xue


Innovative fiction writer and literary critic par excellence, Can Xue is the author of many books, including Five Spice Street, The Last Lover, Frontier, Love in the New Millennium, Dialogues in Paradise, Old Floating Cloud: Two Novellas, The Embroidered Shoes, Blue Light in the Sky and Other Stories, Vertical Motion, and I Live in the Slums. She lives in Beijing, China.

Read “The Castle’s Origin,” “Venus,” “Euphoria,” “Our Human Neighbors,” and “The Inside Story,” all published in Conjunctions.


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