Slaughter wins Rona Jaffe Foundation AwardFaculty member Lauren Goodwin Slaughter has received the prestigious Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for her poetry. The award carries a stipend of $30,000.
The Rona Jaffe Foundation seeks to support "women writers of exceptional talent. The emphasis is on those in the early stages of their writing careers. This unique program offers grants to writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to make writing time available and provide assistance for such specific purposes as child care, research and related travel costs." (Read more about the Rona Jaffe Foundation)
Slaughter says this about her poetry: “My poems explore the way our identities can be symbolically expressed in seemingly benign objects and experiences—a trip to the salon, a high-tech mixer, a county fair ribbon, an ultrasound. These poems are particularly interested in taking a sometimes-critical, sometimes-celebratory look at how my own relatively new roles in the domestic sphere coincide with the most esoteric human experiences.”
Read poems by Slaughter: "Welcome to Paradise" • "Belly" • "His Eyes on the Sparrow" • "Herculaneum"