2019 Creative Writing Fellowship recipient in Fiction, David Romtvedt, shares his work at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference.
The Wyoming Arts Council, with generous funding from The Pattie and Earle Layser Memorial Fund announces the Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing and Journalism Fellowship. Open to writers and journalists, this fellowship seeks to intersect science, education, current events, and conservation to effectively communicate the Greater Yellowstone’s natural history and singular importance to society through creative and exceptional writing and subject communication.
This annual prestigious fellowship of $3,500 will be awarded to a creative writer (poetry, fiction, nonfiction), or those in the field of journalism (writer, photojournalist, videographer, documentary filmmaker, online or print media) who demonstrate serious inquiry and dedication to the Greater Yellowstone region through their work. Established and recognized authors are being sought, but emerging and mid-career writers are also encouraged to apply.
Applications are now being accepted through March 11, 2020. All applications must be submitted through Submittable. Mailed or hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
Celebrated journalist Todd Wilkinson, based in Bozeman, Montana, is known for his stories and analysis about issues shaping the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. His work has appeared in publications ranging from National Geographic to The Guardian, Washington Post. He is the author of books on subjects as diverse as scientific whistleblowers, the life of “eco-capitalist” Ted Turner, and Jackson Hole Grizzly 399, a famous bear in the Greater Yellowstone. Wilkinson is the founder of Mountain Journal (mountainjournal.org ), a public interest journalism site exploring the intersection between humans and nature in Greater Yellowstone and the larger West.
Susan Marsh is based in Jackson, Wyoming. With degrees in geology and landscape architecture and a lifelong interest in creative writing, she has combined her interests into a body of work that explores the relationship of humans to the wild. Her work has appeared in journals that include Orion, North American Review, and Fourth Genre, and in many anthologies.
Her books include the award-winning novel War Creek and non-fiction books A Hunger for High Country, Cache Creek: A Trailside Guide to Jackson Hole’s Backyard Wilderness, and Saving Wyoming’s Hoback, winner of the Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities. She writes a column “Back to Nature” for Mountain Journal.
The Frank Nelson Doubleday Award of $1,000 is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script written by a woman writer. The Neltje Blanchan Memorial Writing Award, $1,000, is given annually for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script which is informed by a relationship with the natural world. Both awards are designed to bring attention to writers in Wyoming who have not yet received wide recognition for their work, and to support emerging writers at crucial times in their careers. Applications are now being accepted through March 11, 2020. All applications must be submitted through Submittable. Mailed or hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
Eileen Pollack graduated from Yale with a BS in physics and earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of the novels The Professor of Immortality, The Bible of Dirty Jokes, A Perfect Life, and Breaking and Entering, which was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, as well as two collections of short fiction, The Rabbi in the Attic and In the Mouth, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Eileen’s work of creative nonfiction Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull was recently made into a movie starring Jessica Chastain and Sam Rockwell. Her investigative memoir The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club was published in 2015; a long excerpt appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and went viral. Her novella “The Bris” was chosen by Stephen King for Best American Short Stories 2007. A former director of the MFA Program at the University of Michigan, she now lives and writes in Manhattan.
WHAT IS A CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIP?
Creative Writing fellowships are awards of merit, based on a writer’s body of work, and honoring Wyoming’s literary artists whose work reflects serious and exceptional writing. One fellowship will be awarded in each category of Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction, for a total of three fellowships. Applications are juried by noted authors, literary agents, or writing professionals from outside the state. Jurors may award honorable mentions. Recipients of the Creative Writing fellowships will share their work at a Wyoming literary conference. Submissions are currently not being accepted. Applications for the next round of fellowships will open in spring 2020.
Poetry | Jason Stenar Clark | Laramie, WY
Jason Stenar Clark was born in Canyon County, Idaho in 1979 to Beverly Gault of Iowa and Jim Clark of Laramie, Wyoming. His education includes a Bachelor’s of Arts with High Honors in Politics from Oberlin College and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming. Before moving to Wyoming in 2007, Jason worked as a legal assistant at a Federal civil rights firm, a lab assistant at a reproductive health clinic, a middle school language arts teacher in the Mississippi Delta, and a busboy in San Francisco. Subsequent to his M.F.A degree, he managed grants at the Wyoming Community Foundation and then provided instruction in Western political philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, teaching everything from Plato to James Madison. His work as a poet appears in a variety of online publications, in ‘zines, and, most recently, he has published opinion essays for the statewide news-magazine, WyoFile.com. He is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and is a person with disabilities. He believes in equality.
Creative Nonfiction | Chad Hanson | Casper, WY
Erin’s writing has won the Frank Nelson Doubleday Award, a Kimmel Harding Nelson residency, and publications in The Normal School and Western Confluence. Her audio work has won three national awards and broadcast on over one hundred NPR member stations.
Erin grew up in Texas, Utah, and Georgia, and has lived in Wyoming since 2013. Her partner in crime is a Hurricane Harvey rescue lab mix named Frankie. She—Erin, not Frankie—is at work on a novel about her ancestors.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Tiyana Knittel of Cody in the poetry category and David Zoby of Casper in the creative nonfiction category.
2019 | Melodie Edwards
List of Previous Blanchan and Doubleday Award Recipients
Since 1989, 46 talented writers have received Blanchan/Doubleday awards: Jayme Feary, Erin Jones, Geoffrey O’Gara, Betsy Orient Bernfeld, Hannah Hinchman, David Mouat, Sheila Roberts, Scott Hagel, Holly Skinner, C.L. Rawlins, Marcia Saum, Dainis Hazners, Barbara Gilbert, William Hoagland, Diane LeBlanc, Tina Willis, Maija Rhee Devine, Mary Beth Baptiste, Julene Bair, Chavawn Kelley, Geneen Marie Haugen, Janell Hanson, Mark Spragg, Karol Griffin, Stefani Farris, Laura Bell, Darcy Lipp-Acord, Jack Clinton, Tina Welling, Susan Marsh, Myra L. Peak, Marcia Hensley, Jeffe Kennedy, Melodie Edwards, Bo Moore, Barbara Smith, Alisan Peters, Lou O. Madison, Christine B. Nelson, W. Dale Nelson, Nina S. McConigley, Patricia Frolander, Edith Cook, George Vlastos, Christine Fadden, Yvette Ward-Horner, Matt Daly and Marylee White.