Program News | December 14, 2016
The Wyoming Arts Council announces the winners of the 2017 Blanchan/Doubleday Writing Awards. Erin Jones of Laramie has won the Doubleday award for her entry, “The Conners.” Winner of the Blanchan award goes to Jayme Feary of Jackson for his entry, “Moving On.”
Judge for the awards was Taylor Borby, an award-winning essayist and poet. A fellow at the Black Earth Institute, Taylor’s work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, newspapers, as well as public radio. He is the editor of the country’s first anthology of creative writing on fracking, Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. He is Reviews Editor at Orion Magazine, and his first poetry collection, Crude: Poems, will be released next year. He is currently at work on another poetry collection as well as a collection of essays.
The Neltje Blanchan and Frank Nelson Doubleday awards are made possible through the generosity of a private donor. The Blanchan award is given for the best writing that is informed by a relationship with the natural world; the Doubleday award is given for the best writing by a woman writer.
Jayme Feary, a writer and photographer published in various regional and national magazines, is known mostly for his narrative journalism, but he also writes poetry, fiction, and scripts. Recently his nonfiction play Love Plays the Piano was performed at Jackson’s Center for the Arts as a part of Riot Act’s Annual Series of Shorts. He earned an MFA from the University of Montana where he was a Bertha Morton Fellow. He is a past recipient of a Wyoming Arts Council creative nonfiction fellowship. He lives in Jackson, where he is currently polishing his first book-length manuscript.
Erin Jones has a dual MFA in creative writing and environment and natural resources from the University of Wyoming and a BA in geography from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a ranger, teacher, winter camping guide, and waitress. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Western Confluence, Out There, and The Normal School. She lives in Laramie where she produces Wyoming Public Media’s storytelling podcast, HumaNature, and is at work on her first novel.
The Blanchan/Doubleday awards program is an annual competition administered by the Wyoming Arts Council. For more information about the awards contact the Arts Council at 307.777.7742.