Prizes awarded for 6 emerging female writers

NEW YORK (AP) - September 3, 2008 The winners, announced Wednesday, include Jennifer Culkin, a nurse who lives in Bainbridge Island, Wash., and is working on a book of essays about her medical experiences; and fellow essayist Amy Leach, of Evanston, Ill., currently writing about such topics as jellyfish, peas and lizards.

Also cited were poet Joanne Dominique Dwyer of Santa Fe, N.M.; novelists Jolie Lewis of Richwood, W.Va., Hasanthika Sirisena, a native of Sri Lanka now living in New York City; and Tillson, N.Y., resident Therese Stanton, working on a book of short fiction.

The prizes, to he handed out Sept. 18, were created by novelist Rona Jaffe, who died in 2005.

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