Program in Creative Writing senior certificate student Yessica Martinez has been named one of two recipients of the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize to spend one year pursuing international civic engagement projects after graduation. The $30,000 prize will support a project by Martinez in Colombia and Princeton senior Damaris Miller in Nepal and India.
Martinez, of Medellín, Colombia, is majoring in comparative literature and pursuing certificates in creative writing and Latin American studies. She was recently named a co-winner of the University’s 2015 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. The award to Martinez will help her use poetry to empower a community in her native Colombia that faces a moment of transition and change.