Olivia Clare (Black Mountain Institute) has received a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. The awards are given annually to six women who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their writing careers. Each recipient is awarded $30,000. The Rona Jaffe awards program is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively. An awards ceremony took place in New York City last month.
While her first book of poems, The 26-Hour Day,is scheduled to be published next year by New Issues, Clare received the writer's award for her work in fiction. Her stories have appeared in Granata Online, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review Online,and The Yale Review.Her first published story, "Petur," which appeared in Ecotone, received a 2014 O. Henry Prize. She now is working on a collection of short stories as well as a novel. The novel, The Norns, takes place in a small, unnamed town in post-Katrina Louisiana. It involves three mysterious, mute women who wash up on shore and the Vietnam veteran who discovers them. Clare plans to use her award money to travel to Germany, where some of her novel takes place, and to take time off next summer to devote to her writing.