Nikky Finney and Jesmyn Ward Win National Book Awards

Ward is the surprise winner in fiction, while Finney wins for poetry.

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Poet Elizabeth Alexander, who read at President Obama's inauguration in 2009, was also present at the ceremony. 

Congratulations to Nikky Finney and Jesmyn Ward for their important wins.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

Watch the acceptance speeches at GalleyCat. Nikki Finney's speech is at 17:18.

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