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Yahdon Israel

NBCC VP/Awards
Online Committee

310 Lewis Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221
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Yahdon Israel is a 27-year-old writer from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, who writes about race, class, gender and culture in America. He has written for Avidly, The New Inquiry, LitHub, ESPNW, and Brooklyn Magazine. He graduated from the New School with his MFA in Creative Non-Fiction, and runs a popular Instagram page which promotes literature and fashion under the hashtag #literaryswag. His current term on the Board ends in 2020.

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Upcoming Events

NBCC Finalists’ Reading: March 13th, 2019

NBCC Awards Ceremony and Reception: March 14th, 2019

NBCC at AWP19 with Paul Beatty and Joan Silber: March 28th, 2019

NBCC at AWP19 The Future of Criticism: A Conversation with Established and Emerging Critics: March 30th, 2019


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NBCC 2017 Awards Ceremony

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From the Critical Mass blog

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Deadlines: NBCC board elections are in full swing. Deadline for voting: January 4. Next steps for members of the #NBCCLeonard judging committee

Next Steps for #NBCCLeonard Award Judging

Leonard Prize Judges: The NBCC 2018 John Leonard Prize finalists have been chosen. Here is this year’s excellent list.  FRIDAY BLACK by Nana Kwami

#NBCCLeonard: Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers on NoNieqa Ramos’s “The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary”

This week we announced the finalists for the John Leonard Prize, our annual award for the best first book in any genre based on member nominations and

Announcing the Finalists for the John Leonard Award for Best First Book

Big news: the NBCC membership has spoken, and the 2018 John Leonard Prize finalists have been chosen.  Here’s this year’s superb list: FRIDAY BLACK