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Curdy Wins Jaffe Foundation Prize

October 18, 2005 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Averill Curdy, who this year began teaching poetry as a Northwestern University lecturer in English, has been awarded the 2005 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. The $10,000 award is given annually to six women writers in the early stages of their careers.

Curdy began teaching poetry in her mid-thirties after a career at Microsoft and after running her own communications business in Seattle. She is co-editor of the soon-to-be-published “Longman Anthology of Poetry.”

Curdy’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Paris Review, Partisan Review, Slate, Western Humanities Review, Poetry and Prairie Schooner. She will use her award to support research and writing of a sequence of lyric poems tentatively titled “Ovid in America.” Those poems will focus on the lives of explorers, naturalists, nature painters and other historical figures association with exploration and the New World.

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