Prizes awarded for 6 emerging female writers

September 3, 2008 6:51:37 PM PDT
Three fiction writers, a poet and two essayists have been named recipients of the 14th annual Rona Jaffe Foundation's awards, grants of $25,000 each for "women writers of talent and promise in the early stages of their writing careers." 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.