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AG Congratulates the Winners of the 2023 Pulitzer Prizes in Arts and Letters

Low Library at Columbia University, site of the Pulitzer Prize Awards Ceremony

We applaud the winners and finalists of the 107th annual Pulitzer Prizes in fifteen journalism categories and eight letters, drama, and music categories.

The 2023 winners in the letters, drama, and music categories are:

  • Fiction: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper) and Trust by Hernan Diaz (Riverhead Books)
  • Drama: English by Sanaz Toossi
  • History: Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power by Jefferson Cowie (Basic Books)
  • Biography: G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverly Gage (Viking)
  • Memoir or Autobiography: Stay True by Hua Hsu (Doubleday)
  • Poetry: Then the War: And Selected Poems, 2007-2020, by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • General Nonfiction: His Name is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Injustice by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa (Viking)
  • Music: Omar by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels
  • Poetry: frank: sonnets by Diane Seuss

Authors Guild Advisory Council member Viet Thanh Nguyen, who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, was among the sixteen voting members of the Pulitzer Prize Board, having been re-elected to membership this year.

The Pulitzer Prizes annually recognize the best in U.S. print, online, photo, and audio journalism, literature, and musical composition. They were established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Columbia University oversees the administration of these highly prestigious awards.

Notable journalism prizes included those for Public Service, awarded to the Associated Press for its courageous reporting from the besieged city of Mariupol that bore witness to the Russian slaughter of Ukrainian civilians; Breaking News Reporting, awarded to the staff of the Los Angeles Times, for its revelation and coverage of racist comments in recorded conversations among city officials; and Investigative Reporting, awarded to the staff of The Wall Street Journal, for its sharp accountability reporting on financial conflicts of interest among officials at fifty federal agencies.