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The 2010-2011 Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow in Creative Writing

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and The Rona Jaffe Foundation are delighted to announce that the 2010-2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing has been awarded to Danielle Wheeler, who will enroll in the program’s Graduate Poetry Workshop this fall. The fellowship, which pays tuition and a generous stipend, is granted each year to a first-year woman student in fiction or poetry.

Ms. Wheeler grew up in a small town near Rockford, Illinois, and attended Northern Illinois University. She says that she didn't initially know what to major in, and had "little plan of study." She found her direction when she began taking literature and creative writing classes, earning a BA in English in 2007. Ms. Wheeler has spent the last few years writing, reading, and working for the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system.

"I never imagined that my writing could support me financially, even for a short time, so this generous fellowship is truly a surprise and a gift," she says. "To have a chance to focus on my poetry and learn from the faculty and students in the Writers' Workshop is astounding in itself; the fellowship is an added wonder.  I am so glad for the vote of confidence. I am honored to recieve this fellowship."

The Rona Jaffe Foundation established this fellowship at the Writers' Workshop in 2008, in recognition of the programs’ shared goal of supporting writers of exceptional talent early in their career. The Foundation, established in 1995 by author Rona Jaffe (1931-2005), funds emerging women writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. It is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively.

For more information about The Rona Jaffe Foundation, please visit their website, at