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PSU Alumna Receives Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award

The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award recognizes the special contributions women writers make to our culture and society. This year, PSU Alumna Apricot Irving was one of six emerging women writers honored with an award of $25,000 each.

Ms. Irvings work in progress, The Missionary's Daughter, is about growing up on a missionary compound in Haiti. It is a deeply personal story about her father's work and devotion to the country and its people and the personal toll it took on his family. It is also the larger story of Haiti and the explorers and reformers that have shaped its history. Irving says, "Over the past ten years, while living on three separate continents, I have struggled to describe the ambitious, renegade hospital compound that I once called home." Ms. Irving plans to use her Writers' Award for writing space and childcare, as well as to return to Haiti for an extended period to re-immerse herself in the language and culture that she wants to capture in her book.

Established in 1995, The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards program is the only national literary awards program dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively.