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Poet Lisa Russ Spaar Receives Jaffe Writing Award

October 3, 2000 -- Lisa Russ Spaar, poet and administrator of the University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Program, is one of six women writers from around the country chosen to receive one of this year’s Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards.

The 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.

A 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.

Spaar’s 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.

Spaar was a 1997 finalist for the National Poetry Series awards and received a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist's Award in 1996.

She presented a reading Sept. 28 at New York University as part of the awards ceremony.

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