Lankan woman writer wins prestigious award
US: 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."
Hasanthika Sirisena, a native of Sri Lanka now living in New York
City is among the recipients.
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., and Tillson, N.Y.,
resident Therese Stanton, working on a book of short fiction. NEW YORK,