Pulitzer Prizes Include James Ijames for ‘Fat Ham,’ Raven Chacon for ‘Voiceless Mass’

Published At: 10 May 2022 , 01:27 PM

James Ijames and Raven Chacon are among the recipients of the 2022 Pulitzer Prizes.

The prestigious Pulitzer Prizes honor achievements across journalism, literature, theater and music. This year’s recipients were announced this year’s Pulitzer Prize administrator, Associated Press vice president and global enterprise editor Marjorie Miller, at a press conference on Monday, hosted at Columbia University. The Prizes were voted on by a 19-person committee, headed by Katherine Boo of the New Yorker, Gail Collins of the New York Times and John Daniszewski of the Associated Press.

Ijames won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his drama “Fat Ham.” The critically-acclaimed play, which will receive a run at The Public Theater this summer, retells the story of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at a Black southern family barbecue.

Chacon received the music prize for “Voiceless Mass,” his first composed organ and ensemble work.

The Pultzer Prize for Fiction went to Joshua Cohen for “The Netanyahus,” which tells the story of a Jewish historian who reviews the application of an Israeli scholar to teach at the school he works at. Andrea Elliot received the general nonfiction prize, for her book “Invisible Child,” which examines homelessness in New York through the eyes of a single girl named Dasani.

In addition to the main prizes, the Pulitzer Committee awarded a special citation to the journalists of Ukraine, for their reporting during the ongoing Russian invasion of the country.

Last year’s Pulitzer Prize winners included playwright and “P-Valley” showrunner Katori Hall, who won the drama prize for her comedy play “The Hot Wing King.” Novelist Louise Erdrich received the fiction prize for “The Night Watchman,” while the nonfiction prize went to David Zucchino for “Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy.”

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