Morgan Parker was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Awards 2019 prize in the Poetry category for Magical Negro, of which NBCC judge and poet Hope Wabuke said, 'Morgan Parker’s effortless versatility with language in Magical Negro is a wondrous and immersive experience.' Ben Lerner's novel The Topeka School was also nominated under the Fiction list.
TIME Magazine commended Parker's third collection of poems describing it as 'a riveting testimony to everyday blackness [...] wry and atmospheric, an epic work of aural pleasures and personifications that demands to be read'.
The Topeka School was described by Sally Rooney as an 'exhilarating intellectual inquiry, penetrating social insight and deep psychological sensitivity […] I think the future of the novel is here'. Lerner's third novel has so far sold in 13 languages, including most recently Portuguese, Hungarian and Croatian.
The winners were announced on March 12th at the New School in New York.