Opening statement: Kathryn Moncrief, English professor and chair of the Sophie Kerr Committee; keynote speaker: Colum McCann, novelist and winner of 2009 National Book Award
The Sophie Kerr Ceremony took place in New York City at Poets House, a literary center. Professor Moncrief welcomed the audience, and novelist Colum McCann gave a keynote address. Afterwards the five finalists (Maggie Farrell, Lisa Jones, Dan McCoskey, Insley Smullen and Joe Yates) read short sections of their writing. Then it was announced that Lisa Jones was the winner of the 2011 Sophie Kerr Prize.