Born in Haiti
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.
2020 Vilcek Prize in Literature
Born in Serbia
Charles Simic (1938-2023) receives the Vilcek Prize in Literature for his original and surreal poetry that activates a range of subjects from inanimate objects to contemporary art and philosophy.
2011 Vilcek Prize in Literature
Born in Ethiopia
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.
2011 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature