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Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Big Other Book Awards!

Delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Big Other Book Awards!

All the books below are linked to their respective pages at Bookshop. Visit the Big Other Shop there, where you can also find the lists of all the finalists.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the 2020 Big Other Book Awards:

Fowzia Karimi’s Above Us the Milky Way (Deep Vellum)

Sarah Minor’s Bright Archive (Rescue Press)

George Abraham’s Birthright (Button Poetry)

Yi Sang’s Selected Works (Wave Books), translated by Don Mee Choi, Jack Jung, Sawako Nakayasu, and Joyelle McSweeney

Readers’s Choice Award:
Lance Olsen’s My Red Heaven (Dzanc Books)

Kudos to all of the winners! Kudos, too, to the 2020 Big Other Lifetime Achievement Awardees: Will Alexander, John Barth, Stephanie Strickland, and Can Xue! Where, what, who would we be without you? And kudos to the 2020 Big Other Literary Citizenship Awardees: David Gutowski, Barbara Hoffert, Charles Henry Rowell, and the Feminist Press! May we all follow your shining and vital example!



  • John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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