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Hanna Pylväinen Wins a Whiting Writers' Award
Since 1985, the Whiting Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Writers Awards which are given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. The awards, of $50,000 each, are based on accomplishment and promise. Candidates are proposed by nominators from across the country whose experience and vocations bring them in contact with individuals of extraordinary talent. Winners are chosen by a selection committee, a small group of recognized writers, literary scholars, and editors, appointed annually by the Foundation. Both nominators and selectors serve anonymously. The Foundation does not accept applications to the Writers’ Program.
Hanna Pylväinen’s debut novel, We Sinners, was just published this summer by Henry Holt. She graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in Fiction. Her novel, loosely inspired by her own childhood, follows the members of a mid-western family that belong to an orthodox sect of Finnish Lutheranism. Ms. Pylväinen has been the recipient of several residencies including ones at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Djerassi, and in 2011 she was a fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is currently completing her next novel, The End of Drum Time.