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Rona Jaffe Foundation awards announced

Leper The 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards have been announced, honoring six women who "demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers."

This year's winners are Hannah Dela Cruz Abrahms (nonfiction); Rachel Aviv (nonfiction); Sara Elizabeth Johnson (poetry); Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (nonfiction); Laura Newbern (poetry); Tiphanie Yanique (fiction). Two of the writers have already published works: Nebern has published the poetry collection Love and the Eye, and Yanique is the author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony: Novella and Short Stories.

The awards, $25,000 each, will be presented on Sept. 23. 

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