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Hannah Moscovitch, star Canadian playwright, wins $150K US literary prize

Toronto playwright Hannah Moscovitch, a young star of Canada's theatre scene, is among the latest winners of the $150,000 Windham-Campbell Prize.

Winners receive unrestricted grants to allow 'focus on their work independent of financial concerns'

Toronto playwright Hannah Moscovitch, originally from Ottawa, is among the latest winners of the $150,000 Windham-Campbell Prize, which celebrates literary achievement and promise. (The Canadian Press)

Toronto playwright Hannah Moscovitch, a young star of Canada's theatre scene, is among the latest winners of the $150,000 US Windham-Campbell Prize.

The playwright, originally from Ottawa and a graduate of Canada's National Theatre School, is one of nine winners announced by Yale University for the literary honour on Monday.

Among Canada's most prolific and successful playwrights today, Moscovitch, 37, is behind such works as This is WarEast of Berlin and The Russian Play. Her plays have been staged across the country and around the globe.

CBC's Alice Hopton talks to Hannah Moscovitch about her new play This is War. 3:26

Other recent honours include winning the Trillium Book Award in 2014, when Moscovitch became the first playwright to win the Ontario prize in its nearly 30-year history.

Established in 2013 and named for late novelist Donald Windham and his longtime partner, stage actor and writer Sandy M. Campbell, the Windham-Campbell Prize celebrates literary achievement and promise among American and international writers. The honour is administered by Yale, where Windham entrusted his archive.

Each winner receives an unrestricted grant of $150,000 US to provide them "the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns."

Moscovitch joins Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Abbie Spallen as the latest winners in the drama category. Other winners included Stanley Crouch, Hilton Als and Helen Garner for nonfiction and Tessa Hadley, C.E. Morgan and Jerry Pinto for fiction.