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The Leeway Foundation supports individual women
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  1. 1. Susan Abulhawa Robin Black Rachel Cantor Lorene Cary Yvonne Chism-Peace Gloria Klaiman Molly Layton Teresa Leo Susan Magee Ilana Stanger-Ross Carol Towarnicky Sharon White         Recipients of The Leeway Foundation’s 2003 Emerging and Established Artists Awards Reading Series Fiction & Creative Nonfiction In celebration of the necessity, beauty and power of the work of women artists.    123 South Broad Street, Suite 2040 Philadelphia, PA 19109 215-545-4078 I N F O @ L E E W A Y. O R G W W W . L E E W A Y. O R G
  2. 2. The Leeway Foundation supports individual women artists, arts programs and arts organizations, focusing on the Greater Philadelphia region, in order to help them achieve personal and community transformation. The Leeway Awards to Emerging and Established Artists were created to recognize and encourage the vital, visionary work of the Philadelphia region’s community of women artists. Given annually for the past ten years in a selected visual or literary discipline, awards are based on artistic excellence. The 2003 award recipients include writers of diverse styles, forms, traditions and points of view; and their unique voices have the power to illuminate, stir, challenge and heal us. We’re honored to recognize these extraordinary women writers. While 12 artists were chosen for awards, Leeway deeply appreciates all the women writers who bravely dedicate themselves to writing. Kick-off Celebration Tuesday, November 11, 2003 Group Reading: 6:30–7:30pm Reception: 7:30–8:30pm        : The Painted Bride Art Center 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia Featuring all of the recipients. 2003LeewayAwards Friday, November 14 7:00pm Philadelphia Art Alliance 251 South 18th Street         : Susan Abulhawa Yvonne Chism-Peace Molly Layton Wednesday, November 19 6:30pm Fleisher Art Memorial 709-721 Catharine Street         : Lorene Cary Carol Towarnicky Tuesday, December 2 7:00pm Kelly Writers House 3805 Locust Walk UPenn Campus         : Robin Black Ilana Stanger-Ross Sharon White Wednesday, December 10 6:30pm Rosenbach Museum & Library 2008-2010 Delancey Place         : Rachel Cantor Gloria Klaiman Susan Magee Reading Series All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.leeway.org or call 215.545.4078. 2 3
  3. 3. Philadelphia Inquirer and, as a juror for their first annual Readers’ Prize, for ELLE magazine. She has also published personal essays. Robin lives in Bala Cynwyd with her husband Richard and three children. Rachel Cantor Emerging Artist Award Recipient My stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Paris Review, DoubleTake, The New England Review, Chelsea, The Antioch Review, Gargoyle, and The Greensboro Review. The Paris Review story was short-listed for an O’Henry Award; another story was chosen by Steve Dixon to represent the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars in the Scribner’s national Best of the Fiction Workshops competition. I have been a fellow at Yaddo, MacDowell, VCCA, Ragdale, Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and the Vermont Studio Center. I am completing a collection and revising a first novel. I grew up in Italy, have lived and worked in Australia, France, India, and Pakistan, and have traveled to more than 30 countries. A professional writer/editor for nearly 20 years, mostly for nonprofits that work in developing countries, I have also completed short-term writing assignments in Azerbaijan, Kenya, Mexico, Rwanda, Turkey, and Zimbabwe. Susan Abulhawa Emerging Artist Award Recipient Susan Abulhawa was born in Kuwait to Palestinian refugees who were expelled from Palestine in 1967, when Israel conquered the West Bank and Gaza. She attended primary schooling in Kuwait, lived in a Jerusalem orphanage from 1980 until she came to the Unites States in 1983. She graduated from Thomasville High School in North Carolina, where she was a ward of the state in a children’s home. In 1993, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Pfeiffer University, majoring in biology and graduating with honors. She later completed a Master’s Degree in biomedical science from the University of South Carolina Medical School and worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist for five years. She began a freelance writing career after the start of the second Palestinian uprising in September of 2000. Her work has been featured in many publications and she is currently working on her first novel. Robin Black Emerging Artist Award Recipient Robin Black has lived in the Philadelphia area for more than 15 years. She first began writing fiction at Sarah Lawrence College in the early 1980s. In the past two years, while working with the Rittenhouse Writers’ Group, Robin has devoted increasing time to her writing. Her story “Gaining Ground” was featured in 2002 in the InterAct Theatre series “Writing Aloud,” and will appear in the Alaska Quarterly Review this fall. She has reviewed books for the 2003Recipients 5 2003Recipients 4 Photo credt: Joanna E. Morrissey
  4. 4. fellowships and awards from Mary Roberts Rinehart, New York State Council on the Arts, and Bronx Council on the Arts. Published in one of the earliest editions of Pushcart Prize Anthology, she also performed in the inaugural Poetry at the Public Theater series and Manhattan Theater Club. Her poetry books are Iwilla Soil, Iwilla Scourge, and Iwilla Rise (Chameleon Productions Inc. 1985, 1986, 1999). In 2002 she began her ezine career with fiction in Pindeldyboz, Moxie, Moondance, The3rdegree and others. Her stories can be accessed from her home page: http://home.earthlink.net/~iwilla/index.html. Gloria Klaiman Emerging Artist Award Recipient I have spent most of my life working as a writer and editor. Much of the writing, as with most writers, was done during found time while doing other work and caring for my family. In my professional life I have worked primarily as an editor of academic and medical books and journals, which led me to my current position as the managing editor of a clinical web site for physicians. My writing has been enriched by printmaking and painting, which deepened my appreciation of how messy artistic mistakes can suddenly reveal the unexpected and beautiful. I write and make messes, artistic and otherwise, in an old row house, where I live with my husband David and our cat Sophie. We travel often to Washington, DC, to visit our two grown daughters Tamar and Danielle. 2003Recipients 7 Lorene Cary Established Artist Award Recipient Lorene Cary is the author of two novels, The Price of A Child, Philadelphia’s and Buffalo, New York’s One Book, One City choice for 2003, and Pride (1998), and a best-selling memoir, Black Ice. In 1998 Lorene Cary founded Art Sanctuary, a series that brings excellent black artists to speak, perform and give workshops at the Church of the Advocate, a National Historic Landmark Building in North Philadelphia. Currently a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a 1998 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Cary has received The Philadelphia Award for civic service, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts Fellowship and honorary doctorates from Colby College in Maine, Keene State College in New Hampshire, and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, the Rev. Robert C. Smith, and daughters Laura and Zoë. Yvonne Chism-Peace Emerging Artist Award Recipient The poet Yvonne writes short fiction under the name Yvonne Chism-Peace. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she attended St. Francis de Sales parochial school, West Catholic Girls’ High School and Rosemont College before moving to Manhattan where she attended NYU and Bank Street College of Education for graduate studies. While poetry editor at MS. (1974-1987), she won two NEA 2003Recipients 6 Photo credt: Photo credt: Tamara Peace
  5. 5. include a 2002 Poetry Fellowship from the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, a 2001 Literature/Creative Nonfiction Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. She is a former columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Commentary Page, past Editor-in-Chief of Painted Bride Quarterly, and has served as Acting Director of the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently she serves as a Contributing Editor for The American Poetry Review as well as Xconnect Magazine. She works at the University of Pennsylvania. Susan Magee Emerging Artist Award Recipient My father always said,“I’ve been smart and I’ve been lucky, and lucky is better.” He was right. I’ve been lucky to have met my husband, the funny, smart, inventor and programmer, David Kephart. Lucky to have my beautiful boy, Christopher. Lucky to have a few friends and two sisters who really know me. Lucky in that I’ve been able to make my living as a writer of non-fiction books and other projects. Lucky to know what gives my life meaning-writing fiction. And I feel very, very lucky to have won a Leeway Award. 2003Recipients 9 Molly Layton Emerging Artist Award Recipient A psychologist in private practice, Molly Layton writes essays for the Psychotherapy Networker, a magazine which won a National Magazine Award based in part on her writing. She was born in Texas, studied philosophy at the University of Texas, but after the birth of her two children and the family’s move to Philadelphia, she gained her doctorate in clinical psychology from Temple University. Son David is a filmmaker in Austin, Texas, and daughter Rebecca is a faculty artist teaching silk screening at the new Applied Art Institute in Amagansatt, Long Island. “I watched the kids makes themselves into artists,” Molly says,“and while I noticed that artists’ lives lack certain securities, such as automobiles and health insurance, I have nonetheless followed them into it.” Her short fiction,“Senseless,” was nominated by Carve Magazine for publication in the Pushcart Anthology 2000. Teresa Leo Emerging Artist Award Recipient Teresa Leo’s poetry and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review’s Philly Edition, New Orleans Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Painted Bride Quarterly, Xconnect, La Petite Zine, The Portable Boog Reader Philadelphia, and the anthology Whatever it Takes: Women on Women’s Sport (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999). She has interviewed Ricky Moody, Martín Espada, and Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. Her awards 2003Recipients 8 Photo credt: Mark Stehle Photo credt: Jeff Hurwitz
  6. 6. Sharon White Established Artist Award Recipient Sharon White is the author of Field Notes, A Geography of Mourning, a memoir, and Bone House, a collection of poetry. Field Notes was awarded Honorable Mention for the Julia Ward Howe Prize from the Boston Authors Club. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including House Beautiful, Yankee, Appalachia, and The North American Review. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Colorado Council on the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Artist-in-Residence Program in Rocky Mountain National Park, and others. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Temple University. 2003Recipients 11 Ilana Stanger-Ross Emerging Artist Award Recipient Ilana Stanger-Ross received her Master’s in Fiction from Temple University in May of 2003. Her work has been published in Lilith Magazine, Red Rock Review, and The Bellevue Review and online at KillingtheBuddha.com and Fiction Attic. She is a recent recipient of a Ragdale Foundation Artist’s Residency, and is currently working on a novel. Carol Towarnicky Emerging Artist Award Recipient Except for brief intervals on maternity leave and on strike, Carol Towarnicky, 55, has spent the last 29 years working for the Philadelphia Daily News—the last 11 as its chief editorial writer. She began writing fiction in 1995. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Towarnicky has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Ohio University in Athens. Towarnicky was a co-finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing and won the 1993 Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writers as well as several national and local journalism awards. She also has been honored for her community volunteer work, and marched for nine years in the comic division of the Mummers Parade. She has been married for 32 years to Ron Goldwyn, also a writer at the Philadelphia Daily News. They have two grown children, Mara and Nick Goldwyn. 2003Recipients 10

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