And the awards keep rolling in for Kentucky poet Wendell Berry. At 81, the writer, environmentalist, organic farmer and pacifist has not slowed down a bit, and just this week, it was announced he’d be receiving the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the prestigious National Book Critics Circle. The awards presentation will be held in March in New York City.
The NBCC was founded in 1974 and honors outstanding writing in the hopes of fostering a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature. Previous Lifetime Achievement Awards have gone to Toni Morrison (2014), Joyce Carol Oates (2009), John Leonard (2006) and Richard Howard (2002) to name a few.
Berry is the author of eight novels, two short story collections. 28 volumes of poetry and 31 volumes of nonfiction. He often sets his stories in the fictional town of Port William, Ky. He was the recipient of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award and a 2010 recipient of the National Humanities Medal.
Also of note, Lexington poet Ada Limón is one of five finalists in the poetry category for his latest book, “Bright Dead Things.”
The National Book Critics Circle Awards will be held on Thursday, March 17, at the New School in NYC.