Edwidge Danticat receives the Vilcek Prize in Literature for dazzling prose and profound understanding of our shared human condition embodied through her genre-spanning work that explores the Haitian diaspora and other personal narratives.
Yaa Gyasi receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature for deeply engaging writing that unites the twin arcs of West African and African American history, and for her relentless examination of injustices of the past and present in "Homegoing" (2016).
Valeria Luiselli receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature for intelligent, distinctive fiction and nonfiction that interrogates the United States’ immigration system, and bears witness to those left voiceless by mass deportation.
Tejal Rao receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Culinary Arts for food writing that tells stories about politics, culture, and science, centering on people whose work often goes unseen.
Dinaw Mengestu receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature for his celebrated writings that explore the themes of alienation and human connection among immigrants in America.
José Andrés receives the Vilcek Prize in Culinary Arts for his emphasis on the link between culture and cuisine, bringing various regions of Spain to American food and culture.