Poet Claudia Rankine, author Jack Livings win PEN prizes

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Posted: Jun 08, 2015 8:31 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Claudia Rankine has won another award, this time from PEN, while debut author Jack Livings received a $25,000 prize from the literary and human rights organization.

The PEN American Center announced Monday night that Livings had won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction for "The Dog," a collection of stories set in China. Rankine received the PEN Open Book Award and $5,000 for "Citizen: An American Lyric," which previously won the National Book Critics Circle prize for poetry.

Also Monday, Ian Buruma won the $10,000 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for essay writing for "Theater of Cruelty." The PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize, also worth $10,000, was given to Adriana E. Ramírez for "Dead Boys," an unpublished work about violence along the U.S.-Latin America border.