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The Orange Garden is a finalist for the Keene Prize for Literature

Joanna's play about an American's experience in pre-Revolutionary Iran, The Orange Garden, was one of three finalists for The Keene Prize for Literature. One of the world's largest student literary prizes, the competition is open to all UT Austin undergraduate and graduate students, and the prize is awarded annually to the student "who creates the most vivid and vital portrayal of the American experience in microcosm." Students submit poetry, plays and fiction or nonfiction prose.

This is the first time since 2009 that a play has won or been a finalist. 

Joanna took home $17,000 for her play. At the award ceremony, actors from the UTNT production of The Orange Garden read excerpts from the play. 

 Joanna with the cast of the UTNT production of The Orange Garden at the Keene Prize awards ceremony. From l to r: Adam Foldes, Kat Lozano, Natalie Patton, Luke Stodghill. 

Joanna with the cast of the UTNT production of The Orange Garden at the Keene Prize awards ceremony. From l to r: Adam Foldes, Kat Lozano, Natalie Patton, Luke Stodghill. 

Joanna Garner