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“Literature is the best thing humanity has. Poetry is the heart of literature, the highest concentration of everything that is the best in the world and in man. It is the only true food for your soul.”  
Lyudmila Ulitskaya



We are a chapter of PEN American Center, part of a global association of writers celebrating literature and defending free expression. We make our home at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.

The 2013–2014 Winner: The Kid

The winner of the 2013–2014 Cerulli Award for Excellence in Sports Writing/Biography is Ben Bradlee Jr. for The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams (Little, Brown and Company).

In the tradition of John Updike’s famous New Yorker essay, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,” Bradlee, with eloquence and grace, delivers 53 years later the definitive biography of one of the greatest athletes of the game. As Ken Burns writes of Bradlee’s book, “The barnacles of sentimentality and nostalgia that beset a look backward into the ‘golden age’ of baseball suggest that we would never know about that complicated genius of the plate Ted Williams. But here he is, fully realized with all the glory and guts and all the controversial and all-too-real aspects of this human being intact. Bravo.” Meticulously researched and beautifully written, The Kid brings Ted Williams to life.