CORVALLIS - Marjorie Sandor, an Oregon State University faculty member who teaches creative writing in the English department, is one of eight writers nationally to receive a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award.

Sandor received the award in New York City.

The Rona Jaffe awards were created to identify and support "women writers of exceptional talent in the early stages of their careers." They include stipends of up to $7,500 to allow writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry to make writing time available.

The awards are named after Rona Jaffe, author of 15 books, including "The Best of Everything" and "Class Reunion."

Sandor is an assistant professor of English and creative writing whose work has been included in "Best American Short Stories" in 1985 and 1988, and "The Pushcart Prize XIII." Her collection of stories, "A Night of Music," was published in 1989, and an essay collection called "The Night Gardener" will be published next year by Lyons Press.

The Jaffe award will enable Sandor to take a one-term leave to finish a new collection of linked stories about a Jewish-American family.

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