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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 2015 Winner: All Fishermen Are Liars

The 2015 Cerulli Sports Writing Award winner is All Fishermen Are Liars (Simon & Schuster) by John Gierach.

Judges Sally Jenkins, author and Washington Post reporter, and Steve Wulf of ESPN made their choice with unbridled enthusiasm. “The tuning fork went off on the first page. And  it continues to vibrate” said Jenkins. “He’s the rare writer who makes you study his pages, going, ‘How did he do that?’ ”  She added, “I don’t fish. And yet I find myself absorbed by sentences about line weights.”

“Yes, it’s about fly fishing”, said Wulf, “but it’s also about discovering Mother Nature and human nature, in essays as intricately and lovingly fashioned as a steelhead fly. It’s poetry disguised as a fish story.” He added, “All Fishermen Are Liars is a fitting choice. We’re standing here in Fenway Park where Ted Williams played ball and Red Smith sat in the press box. Both were expert fly fishermen and we’re pretty sure they would have approved.”