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The 2019 Whiting Award recipients (clockwise from top left): poet Kayleb Rae Candrilli, poet Tyree Daye, novelist Hernan Diaz, playwright Michael R. Jackson, fiction writer Terese Marie Mailhot, nonfiction writer Nadia Owusu, playwright Lauren Yee, poet Vanessa Angelica Villarreal, novelist Merrit Tierce and fiction writer Nafissa Thompson-Spires. Courtesy of the Whiting Foundation hide caption

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You might not recognize the names of the 2018 Whiting Award winners, but you probably recognize many of their predecessors — including Pulitzer winner Jorie Graham, National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace, NBA winners Denis Johnson and Adam Johnson, and Man Booker winner Lydia Davis. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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