Inara Verzemnieks, a non-fiction writer and Tacoma native, has just been awarded a 2012 Rona Jaffee Foundation Writer’s Award, given annually to six women writers beginning their careers. The award is worth $30,000, and will be presented Sept. 20 in New York.
Verzemnieks, now completing her MFA in creative non-fiction at the University of Iowa, grew up in Tacoma and interned at The News Tribune. She worked as a reporter for 13 years at The Oregonian, where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the James Beard Award in feature writing. Her creative writing has appeared in …