Lisa Russ Spaar Receives Jaffe Writing Award
3, 2000 -- Lisa Russ Spaar,
poet and administrator of the University of Virginias Creative
Writing Program, is one of six women writers from around the country
chosen to receive one of this years Rona Jaffe Foundation
annual awards, established by author Rona Jaffe, are aimed at identifying
and supporting "exceptional women writers in the early stages
of their careers" and provide a grant of up to $8,500 to enable
recipients to pursue writing goals.
selection committee chooses the winners from nominations by writers,
editors and scholars from across the country who are invited to
propose outstanding writers for consideration.
most recent book of poetry is "Glass Town" (Red Hen Press, 1999).
She also recently edited "Acquainted With the Night," an anthology
of poems written over the ages by writers alternately inspired or
tortured by insomnia.
was a 1997 finalist for the National Poetry Series awards and received
a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist's Award in
presented a reading Sept. 28 at New York University as part of the
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