Lillian “Lily” R. Fishman ’16 was awarded the third annual Axinn Foundation/Anna Quindlen Award for Creative Writing. The prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior, who receives $25,000 to support her creative writing. It is given by the Joan F. and Donald E. Axinn Foundation in recognition of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen ’74, her outstanding contribution to American life and letters, and her sustained support for the education and development of young people. The Axinn Award was presented by Barnard President Debora Spar, Quindlen, and members of the English department faculty at a reception on campus May 4.
Fishman is an English major with a concentration in creative writing and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Last year, Fishman was awarded the College’s Peter S. Prescott Prize for Prose Writing. She was an editor of Quarto Magazine and has published her work in The Blue Pencil Online, The Adroit Journal, and Polyphony H.S. Her already impressive list of accolades include reaching the short list of the International Young Person’s Short Story Award and receiving multiple Gold Keys from Boston’s Scholastic Writing Awards.
“I’m very grateful for the award, and very excited that I will have time and resources to devote myself to my work,” says Fishman, who grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Mass. She is interested in women and relationships, the misuses and responsibilities of privilege in America, New England culture and legacy, discussions of money and education, and celebrity culture.
Professor Timea Szell, director of Barnard’s creative writing program, led the selection committee, which included English department faculty members Mary Gordon ‘71, Saskia Hamilton, Lisa Gordis, Jennifer Finney-Boylan, Alexandra Horowitz, Yvette Christiansë, and Margaret Vandenberg.