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2013 Inductees into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame Announced

Noted writers Marilyn Hacker, Alice McDermott, Walter Mosley, and Calvin Trillin are among the eight members of the 2013 Class of Inductees into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.  The four will be in attendance at the induction on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Princeton Club of New York.  The announcement of the 2013 inductees was made on February 26, 2013, at the Forbes Gallery in New York City, by Robert L. Forbes, who serves on the board of the Empire State Center for the Book.  The Center for the Book is the organization that oversees the Hall of Fame.  In addition, four deceased writers, James Fenimore Cooper, Countee Cullen, Miguel Pinero, and Maurice Sendak will also be inducted.

“This year’s list of inductees has poets, novelists, and journalists whose work spans from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries” said Rocco Staino, the Center for the Book Director.  “I hope that the public will take time to revisit the works of all our inductees.”

The full list of the 2013 inductees is as follows:

James Fenimore Cooper (1789 -1851), a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature.

Contee Cullen (1903 – 1946), an American poet who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

Marilyn Hacker (1942), an American poet, translator, and critic. She is best known for formal poems that mix high culture and colloquial speech.

Alice McDermott (1953), an American novelist.  Her 1998 novel Charming Billy won an American Book Award and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. In 2006, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for After This.

Walter Mosley (1952), an American novelist, most widely recognized for his crime fiction. He has written a series of best-selling historical mysteries featuring the hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins.

Miguel Pinero (1946 – 1988), Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café. He was a leading member of the Nuyorican literary movement.

Maurice Sendak (1928 – 2012), writer and illustrator of children's books. He was best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963.

Calvin Trillin (1935), a journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist, and novelist. He is the 2012 recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor

The nominees into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame were chosen by a selection committee comprised of Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation; Jeffrey Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education of the New York State Education Department; Barbara Genco, retired librarian from Brooklyn Public Library and Editor of Collection Management at Media Source; Brian Kenney, Director of the White Plains Public Library; Brian McCarthy, Associate Publisher of the Library of America; Kathleen Masterson, Director of the Literature Program at the New York State Council on the Arts; Bertha Rogers, Executive Director of Bright Hill Press & creator of the New York State Literary website and map; Rocco Staino, Director of the Empire State Center for the Book; and Hong Yao, Associate Coordinator of Collection Development at Queens Library.

Plans are under way to house the New York State Writers Hall of Fame at the New York State Library in Albany.

The Empire State Center for the Book is affiliated with the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is housed at the New York Library Association.

For additional information on the Empire State Center for the Book and the Writers Hall of fame, please contact Rocco Staino at the New York Library Association 1-800-252-NYLA or