Minneapolis writer among 6 winners of Jaffe awards

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: September 4, 2014 - 7:17 PM

Minneapolis writer Karen Hays has been awarded a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, an honor given annually to six women writers in the early stages of their careers.

Hays’ essays have appeared in the Iowa Review, Passages North, the Normal School and elsewhere. She received the Iowa Review Award for Nonfiction and is at work on a collection of essays titled “On Frothy Elegance: Notes of a Show Me State Native.”

Previous winners of the Rona Jaffe award include Tracy K. Smith, Lan Samantha Chang, ZZ Packer, Eula Biss and Tiphanie Yanique. The award of $30,000 will be ­presented on Sept. 18 in New York.

In addition to Hays, the winners announced Wednesday are fiction writers Olivia Clare and T.L. Khleif (kleef), nonfiction writer Mara Naselli and poets Danielle Jones-Pruett and Solmaz Sharif.

Projects the winners have in the works range from a novel by Khleif about Syrian society and politics to essays by Hays about the "lore, language, and landscape" of Missouri's Corn Belt.

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