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2004-2005 Spotlight Archives

Dana Levin '87 Wins Prestigious Writers Award

Dana Levin '87Santa Fe poet Dana Levin ’87received a $10,000 award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation in New York City. The Jaffe Writers’ Awards are given to writers of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

Levin’s first book, In the Surgical Theatre, was published by American Poetry Review/Copper Canyon Press in 1999. Copper Canyon will publish her new collection, Wedding Day, in 2005. Levin has an M.F.A. in English and creative writing from New York University. She taught at Burlington College and Pitzer College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She is the Director of the Creative Writing Program and an assistant professor at the College of Santa Fe.

Levin’s poetry has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares and Poetry. Her past honors include: a National Education Association Fellowship; a Lannan Foundation Writer-in-Residency; PEN’s (poets, playwrights, essayists, editors, and novelists) Joyce Osterweil Award; and the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the awards program created by author Rona Jaffe to address the difficulties many women writers have in finding time to write. The program, which is the only national literary awards program devoted exclusively to women, identifies and supports talented and promising women writers in the early stages of their careers.

The foundation’s award winners reflect the social, cultural and intellectual landscape of the United States, according to the foundation. This year’s winners come from New York, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Illinois and Georgia, and have a wide range of literary interests