Hilton Als Is Named Finalist For 2016 Pulitzer Prize In Criticism

April 16, 2016
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Hilton Als, Associate Professor in Writing, has been named a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism for his work in The New Yorker. The jury, chaired by author and critic Gail Caldwell, praised Als in their citation for his “theater reviews written with such erudition and linguistic sensitivity that they often become larger than their subjects.”

The Pulitzer Prize in Criticism has been awarded since 1970 to a newspaper or magazine writer for distinguished criticism using any available journalistic tool. Also named a finalist this year was film critic Manohla Dargis of the New York Times. Als’ The New Yorker colleague Emily Nussbaum was the 2016 winner, for her television reviews in the magazine.

Als is a longtime critic for The New Yorker and the author of two acclaimed nonfiction books, The Women and White Girls. He was recently appointed Associate Professor of Writing at the School of the Arts, and currently teaches seminars on New York City in the work of James Baldwin, and on formally experimental long-form nonfiction in the post-WWII era.

Among previous winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism is Writing faculty member Margo Jefferson, who won for her book reviews and other cultural criticism appearing in The New York Times in 1995.