Wilmington writer Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams received a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, which is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers.
Celebrating its 16th year, the Rona Jaffe Awards have helped many women build successful writing careers by offering encouragement and financial support at a critical time. The awards of $25,000 each were presented to the six recipients on Thursday, Sept. 23, in New York City.
Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams is working on a memoir, The Following Sea, which explores the lives of her parents, an American father and a mother from the Northern Mariana Islands, who raised her on a yacht in the South Pacific.
Abrams teaches at UNC Wilmington, where she received her B.A. and M.F.A. She plans to use her writer’s award to lessen her workload and devote the next year to finishing her book.
To read about the other winners and the prize, visit http://www.ronajaffefoundation.org/winners.html.