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ASALI SOLOMON's (RJF '05) first novel, Disgruntled, was just released by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (February, 2015).



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OLENA KALYTIAK DAVIS's (RJF '96) most recent collection, The Poem She Didn't Write And Other Poems, was published by Copper Canyon Press in December 2014.




MERRITT TIERCE (RJF '11) was been selected as a 2013 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation. Her debut novel, Love Me Back, will come out from Doubleday in September (2014).



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SARA ELIZA JOHNSON's (RJF '10) first collection of poetry, Bone Map, was just published by Milkweed Editions (September 2014). It was a 2013 National Poetry Series Winner.





CHRISTINA NICHOL's (RJF'12) debut novel, Waiting for the Electricity, was published by The Overlook Press in June 2014.





RIVKA GALCHEN's (RJF '06) short story collection, American Innovations, was published this spring by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. (May 2014).



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KRISTA BREMER's (RJF '09) debut, a memoir entitled My Accidental Jihad, was published by Algonquin Books in April 2014.



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JODY BOLZ's (RJF '98) latest book, Shadow Play, is a novella in verse published by Turning Point Books (December 2013).





MARY SZYBIST (RJF '96) received the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry for her collection, Incarnadine (Graywolf Press).



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HANNAH DELA CRUZ ABRAMS (RJF '10) received a 2013 Whiting Writer's Award. She is working on a memoir, The Following Sea.






JOANNE DOMINIQUE DWYER (RJF '08) published her first collection of poetry, Belle Laide, with Sarabande Books in 2013. It received the American Poetry Review's Jerome J. Shestack Prize.


AVERILL CURDY's (RJF '05) debut poetry collection, Song & Error, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in March.


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HOLLY GODDARD JONES's (RJF '07) first novel, The Next Time You See Me, was published in February 2013 by Touchstone. Her debut, Girl Trouble: Stories, appeared from Harper Perennial in 2009.



LISA RUSS SPAAR's (RJF '00) fourth poetry collection, Vanitas, Rough, was released in February 2013 by Persea Books.


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HEIDY STEIDLMAYER (RJF '09) won the 2013 $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for her poetry collection, Fowling Piece (Triquarterly Books, 2011). She also received Ploughshares'  2012 John C. Zacharis First Book Award.


SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS (RJF '06) receives a 2012 Whiting Writer's Award. Her first book, Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America (Little, Brown & Company), was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Awards.


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TRACY K. SMITH (RJF '04) received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her third collection, Life on Mars, published by Graywolf Press.



JANICE N. HARRINGTON's (RJF '09) second collection of poems, The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, was published in October 2011 by BOA Editions.

photo by Rachel Eliza Griffith


GLEN CHAMBERLIN (RJF '01) published her first book this September, a collection of stories called Conjugations of the Verb "To Be" (Delphinium).



HELEN PHILLIPS's (RJF '09) debut story collection, And Yet They Were Happy, was published by Leapfrog Press in 2011.


photo by Lee Hovey King


SARAH BRAUNSTEIN’s (RJF '07) first novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton), was published in 2011. She was among the 2010 "5 Under 30" fiction writers honored by the National Book Foundation.


VIEVEE FRANCIS (RJF '09) received the 2010 Caven Canem Northwestern Poetry Prize for her collection Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2011.)

KATHLEEN GRABER  (RJF '03) and ELIF BATUMAN (RJF '07) were among the finalists for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Awards. Graber’s second collection, The Eternal City (Princeton, 2010), was selected for poetry and Batuman’s The Possessed (FSG, 2010) for criticism.

RITA MAE REESE's (RJF '06) debut collection of poems, The Alphabet Conspiracy (Arktoi Books) was published in 2011.


JENNIE ERIN SMITH's (RJF '01) first book, Stolen World: A Tale of Reptiles, Smugglers, and Skulduggery, was published by Crown in 2011.






Three past Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards winners Elif Batuman ('07), Amy Leach ('08) and LB Thompson ('02) received 2010 Whiting Writers' Awards. Elif Batuman is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them (FSG, 2010). Amy Leach is working on a collection of essays, Things That Are, which is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in spring 2012. LB Thompson has completed a collection of poems, The Dark Skirt of the Universe, and is working on a novel and a book of essays.


Elif Batuman                 Amy Leach                         LB Thompson

Photo: Mikhail Lemkhin



Sarah Braunstein's (RJF Award '07) first novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, was published by W.W. Norton in 2011. Tiphanie Yanique received a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. Her first book,  How to Escape from a Leper Colony, was published by Graywolf in 2010.


Sarah Braunstein                Tiphanie Yanique

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More News

EULA BISS's (RJF Award '02) recent collection Notes From No Man’s Land: American Essays received the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award.

ADRIAN BLEVINS (RJF Award '02) published her second poetry collection, Live from the Homesick Jamboree (Wesleyan University Press, 2009).

GABRIELLE CALVOCORESSI’s (RJF Award '02) second collection, Apocalyptic Swing, was published by Persea Books in 2009.

LAN SAMANTHA CHANG (RJF Award '98) has published her third novel, All is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost (W.W. Norton, 2010). She is Director of The Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Photo: Miranda Meyer


CARIN CLEVIDENCE’s (RJF Award '04) first novel, The House on Salt Hay Road, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2010.

ROBIN EKISS (RJF Award '07) published her first collection of poems, The Mansion of Happiness (The University of Georgia Press, VQR Poetry Series) in 2009.


Photo: Matt Schumaker


RIVKA GALCHEN's (RJF Award '06) first novel, Atmospheric Disturbances (FSG, 2008), was listed as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2008 by The New York Times. She was named to The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list of fiction writers in 2010.

KATHLEEN GRABER's (RJF Award '03) second poetry collection, The Eternal City (2010), was chosen to relaunch the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and recently named a 2010 National Book Award Poetry Finalist.

FRANCES HWANG (RJF Award '05), author of  Transparency: Stories (Back Bay Books, 2007), received a 2008 PEN Beyond Margins Award and the 2008 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

JOANNA KLINK (RJF Award '03) published her third book of poems, Raptus (Penguin, 2010).

ARYN KYLE’s (RJF Award '05) collection of stories, Boys and Girls Like You and Me, was published by Scribner in 2010. Her first novel, The God of Animals (Scribner, 2007), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a New York Times best seller.

JOANIE MACKOWSKI's (RJF Award '00) second collection of poems, View from a Temporary Window, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2010.

CONSTANCE MERRITT (RJF Award '01) published her third book of poems, Two Rooms (Louisiana State University Press, 2009).

ZZ PACKER (RJF Award '97), author of   Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Riverhead Trade, 2004), was named to The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list of fiction writers in 2010.

LADETTE RANDOLPH's (RJF Award '02) first novel, A Sandhills Ballad, was published in 2009 by the University of New Mexico Press. She was recently named editor-in-chief of Ploughshares.

MELISSA RANGE’s (RJF Award '06) first collection of poetry, Horse and Rider, is the winner of Texas Tech University Press’s Walt McDonald First Book Prize and was published in 2010.

Photo: Claire McQuerry


CATIE ROSEMURGY (RJF Award '01) published her second book of poems, The Stranger Manual (Graywolf Press, 2009).

JULIA WHITTY's (RJF Award '03) second book, The Fragile Edge: Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), received the PEN Literary Award, John Burroughs Medal, Kiriyama Prize, Northern California Book Award, and was a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Her third book, Deep Ocean Blue: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2010.

Photo: Sharon Urquhart