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Young Jean Lee Wins Windham-Campbell Prize

The global prize for English-language writers carries a purse of $165,000.

LONDON: The annual Windham-Campbell Prize for writers has been announced. In the drama category, Young Jean Lee was one of the playwrights recognized (Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius was the other play recipient). Each writer received $165,000.

The prize recognizes English-language writers around the world and are nominated and judged anonymously. It is administered by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. The prize is named after Donald Windham, whose gift to Yale University led to the prize’s creation in 2013, and after Windham’s partner of 40 years, Sandy Campbell.

Lee recently made her Broadway debut in summer 2018 with her play Straight White Men, making her the first Asian American female writer to have a play on the Great White Way. Her other plays include Untitled Feminist ShowThe Shipment, We’re Gonna Die, and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven. She currently teaches at Stanford University.

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