PREVIOUS LITERARY AWARDS SPEAKERS

1928   Zona Gale
1929   Elmer Davis
1930   Carl Sandburg
1931   Sherwood Anderson
1932   James Weber Linn
1933   Thornton Wilder
1934   Christopher Morley
1935   Stephen Leacock
1936   Theodore Dreiser
1937   William Allen White
1938   Thomas Wolfe
1939   Carl Van Doren
1940   Robert Frost
1941   Mary Ellen Chase
1942   Edward C. Elliott

No contest during the war

1947   Jesse Stuart
1948   Katherine Anne Porter
1949   Mark Van Doren
1950   John Crowe Ransom
1951   Warren Beck
1952   William Carlos Williams
1953   Louis Kronenberger
1954   Malcolm Cowley
1955   J. Frank Dobie
1956   Randall Jarrell
1957   Lillian Hellman
1958   John Ciardi
1959   John Crowe Ransom
1960   Richard Eberhart
1961   Herbert Gold
1962   William Golding
1963   Howard Nemerov
1964   Eudora Welty
1965   Andrew Lytle
1966   W. D. Snodgrass
1967   James T. Farrell
1968   Stanley Elkin
1969   Theodore Weiss
1970   Saul Bellow
1971   Allen Tate
1972   Tennessee Williams
1973   Anthony Burgess
1974   Gwendolyn Brooks
1975   Peter Taylor
1976   Stephen Spender
1977   Clive Barnes
1978   Edward Albee
1979   William Stafford
1980   Pauline Kael
1981   John Gardner
1982   Felix Stefanile
1983   William Gass
1984   Mary McCarthy
1985   John Williams
1986   John Irving
1987   John Ashbery
1988   John Barth
1989   Grace Paley
1990   Derek Walcott
1991   Margaret Drabble
1992   Adrienne Rich
1993   Louise Erdrich
1994   Robert Olen Butler
1995   Denise Levertov
1996   Sandra Gilbert
1997   Russell Banks
1998   Richard Ford
1999   Eavan Boland
2000   Jane Hamilton
2001   Ha Jin
2002   Seamus Heaney
2003   Tony Kushner
2004   Charles Wright
2005   Maxine Hong Kingston
2006   A. S. Byatt
2007   Sherman Alexie
2008   Michael Chabon
2009   Rita Dove
2010   Annie Proulx
2011   Charles Simic
2012   Michael Cunningham
2013   Mark Doty
2014   Zadie Smith
2015   Roz Chast
2016   Robert Hass
2017   Margaret Atwood

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