Ward and Haslett receive $200,000

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Posted: Jan 20, 2016 7:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Award winning authors Jesmyn Ward and Adam Haslett will be getting some extra time to write.

The American Academy of Arts told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Ward and Haslett are receiving $200,000 grants from the academy. The Strauss Living award provides winning writers $100,000 for each of two years to "devote time exclusively to writing." Both must forego paid employment for those two years.

Ward's novel "Salvage the Bones" won the National Book Award in 2011. Haslett's books include the story collection "You Are Not a Stranger Here," a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist and the upcoming novel "Imagine Me Gone." In 2006, he won the PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction.

Previous recipients of the Strauss award include Marilynne Robinson, Raymond Carver and Robert Stone.