Friends of Writers Summer 2023 Community Digest: Awards, Print Magazine Publications, and Other Achievements

Many in the Friends of Writers network found success with awards, publications, and more. Congratulations to those listed below. While celebrating these wonderful projects, be sure to check out our special digest dedicated to book publications.

Jayne Benjulian (Poetry ’13)

  • Two Poems appeared in Writing Through the Apocalypse: Pandemic Poetry and Prose, edited by Marcia Meier

Tommye Blount (Poetry ’13)

  • Winner of the 2023 Whiting Award in Poetry

Lauren Carlson (Poetry ’21)

  • Winner of the inaugural Niedecker Fellowship

Lan Samantha Chang

  • Winner of the 2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for The Family Chao

Victoria Chang (Poetry ’05)

  • Winner of USC Dornsife’s 2023 Chowdhury Prize in Literature

Alyson Dutemple (Fiction ’19)

  • “Three-Season Room,” appeared in the Winter/Spring 2023 Issue of Alaska Quarterly Review
  • Short story collection Marvelous Freaks of Nature was a runner up for the 2022 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr (Poetry ’09)

  • Finalist for the 2023 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for her translation of Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season by Forough Farrokhzad

Patricia Grace King (Fiction ’13)

  • Finalist for the 2023 PEN/Bellwether Literary Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

Dan Leach (Fiction ’20)

  • Winner of the Texas Review Press Southern Breakthrough Prize: South Carolina

Sandra Lim

  • Winner of Poets & Writers’ 2023 Jackson Poetry Prize

Juliet McShannon (Fiction ’21)

  • “Nonkululeko” appeared in Spring 2023 issue of New England Review

Peter Orner

  • Finalist for the 2023 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for his collection Still No Word From You

Megan Staffel

  • Winner of the 2022 Petrichor Prize for her novel manuscript, The Causative Factor, which will receive publication by Regal House Publishing

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Daniel Tam-Claiborne (Fiction ’20)

  • Finalist for the 2023 PEN/Bellwether Literary Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

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