Competition: US & Canada
Roger Rosenblatt, whose work has been published in 14 languages, is the author of five New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and four Times bestsellers, including the memoirs Kayak Morning and Making Toast, originally an essay in the New Yorker.
He has also written seven off-Broadway plays, notably the one-person “Free Speech in America,” named one of the Times’s “Ten Best Plays of 1991.” In 2019, The Bay Street Theater produced Lives in the Basement, Does Nothing, his one-person musical play about the writing life, for which he played jazz piano.
He has held the Briggs-Copeland appointment in the teaching of creative writing at Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D. Among his honors are two George Polk Awards; the Peabody and the Emmy for his essays at Time magazine and on PBS; a Fulbright to Ireland, where he played on the Irish International Basketball Team; seven honorary doctorates; a Guggenheim Fellowship; and the Kenyon Review Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement.