Stanford Stegner Fellow NoViolet Bulawayo wins the PEN/Hemingway prize

bulawayo1 Wallace Stegner Fellow NOVIOLET BULAWAYO has won the PEN/Hemingway award for her debut novel, We Need New Names.

In the novel, Darling, a 10-year old girl, chronicles the tumult and violence in her native Zimbabwe and later her experience in America when she leaves home to live with her aunt in Detroit.

Born in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo earned her MFA at Cornell University, where she received the Truman Capote Fellowship. This is the second year of her Stegner Fellowship.

The PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award – established in 1976 by Ernest Hemingway’s widow, Mary Hemingway – recognizes a first book of fiction by an American author. The prize includes a $10,000 award, a one-week residence at the University of Idaho, and a fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, a retreat for artists and writers. Past winners of the esteemed literary prize include MARILYNNE ROBINSON, JHUMPA LAHIRI and HA JIN.

In addition to the PEN/Hemingway prize, Bulawayo’s novel has earned many other accolades since the fall including being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book prize.


— BY TANU WAKEFIELD, The Humanities at Stanford