Mark Doty was named the 2008 winner of the National Book Award for Poetry for his collection Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems (HarperCollins). Doty's work appeared in the premiere issue of Ninth Letter, vol. 1 no. 1.
Fellow 9L author Patricia Smith was among the finalists for the award for her book Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press). Smith is a contributor to the music poetry feature included in the most recent issue of 9L, vol. 5 no. 2.