(This award was formerly called the PEN Beyond Margins Award.)

2002 Meena Alexander, Illiterate Heart (Triquarterly Books)
         Luis Francia, Eye of the Fish (Kaya Press)
         Joy Harjo, A Map to the Next World: Poetry and Tales (W.W. Norton & Co.)
         Victor LaValle, Slapboxing with Jesus: Stories (Vintage Books)
         Nelly Rosario, Song of the Water Saints (Pantheon Books)

2004 Laila Halaby, West of the Jordan: A Novel (Beacon Press)
         Suki Kim, The Interpreter (Picador)
         Nasdijj, The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping (Ballantine Books)
         Willie Perdomo, Smoking Lovely (Rattapallax Press)
         April Reynolds, Knee-Deep in Wonder: A Novel (Metropolitan Books)

2005 Faith Adiele, Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun (W. W. Norton & Company)
         Raquel Cepeda, ed., And It Don’t Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years (Faber & Faber)
         Lan Samantha Chang, Inheritance (W. W. Norton & Company)
         Lolita Hernandez, Autopsy of an Engine, and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant (Coffee House Press)
         Ishle Yi Park, The Temperature of This Water (Kaya/Muae)

2006 Richard Blanco, Directions to the Beach of the Dead (University of Arizona Press)
         Andrew Lam, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora (Heyday)
         Ed-Bok Lee, Real Karaoke People (New Rivers Press)
         Caryl Phillips, Dancing in the Dark (Vintage)
         Jennifer Tseng, The Man With My Face (The Asian American Writers’ Workshop)

2007 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun (Anchor)
         Ernest Hardy, Blood Beats, Vol. 1 (Redbone Press)
         Harryette Mullen, Recyclopedia (Graywolf Press)
         Alberto Ríos, Theater of Night (Copper Canyon Press)

2008 Chris Abani, Song for Night (Akashic Books)
         Amiri Baraka, Tales of the Out and the Gone (Akashic Books)
         Frances Hwang, Transparency (Back Bay Books)
         Naeem Murr, The Perfect Man (Random House Trade Paperbacks)
         Joseph M. Marshall III, The Day the World Ended at Little Big Horn (Penguin Books)

2009 Uwem Akpan, Say You’re One of Them (Back Bay Books)
         Juan Felipe Herrera, Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (University of Arizona Press)
         Lily Hoang, Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press)

2010 Sherwin Bitsui, Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press)
         Robin D.G. Kelley, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press)
         Canyon Sam, Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History (University of Washington Press)

2011 Manu Joseph, Serious Man (W. W. Norton & Company)

2012 Siddhartha Deb, The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India (Faber & Faber)

2013 Gina Apostol, Gun Dealers’ Daughter (W.W. Norton)
         Kevin Young, The Grey Album (Graywolf Press)

2014 Nina McConigley, Cowboys and East Indians (FiveChapter Books)
         Ruth Ellen Kocher, domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press)

2015 Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)

2016 Rick Barot, Chord (Sarabande Books)

2017 Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)