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Sally Leaf’s piece “Unsung Pollinators ” was published in Western Confluence.

Dana Liebelson was accepted into the Tin House workshop for short fiction, and awarded a Dean's Grant. She has published multiple pieces in Elle, and published a journalism feature in Insider about Bozeman, Montana and the pandemic (with some writing on Wyoming as well!).

Nell Smith received an HG Merriam Grant, and a Haub School of ENR Student Research & Creative Activities Grant. She published in Essay Daily.


Sally Leaf’s piece “Things We Might Have Called Crazy” was nominated by Grub Street Literary & Arts Magazine for a Pushcart Prize.

Dana Liebelson’s article “In Prison, and Fighting to Vote” was published in the Atlantic.

Kari Nielsen won the Jon Whyte Award, Banff Mountain Book Competition. She also published in Waymaking: An Anthology of Women's Adventure Writing, Poetry and Art, CIRQUE, The Esthetic Apostle, and Wanderlust.


Jenny Zhang had a piece about Wyoming published at Catapult here:

Alejandro Alonso Galva started a newsletter to compliment his podcast AleVida.

Lindsay Lynch's s hort story "Please Help Yourself" was named an Honorable Mention in Pigeon Page's Art of Prose contest, judged by Katie Kitamura: She received a scholarship to attend the 2018 Napa Valley Writer's Conference.

Francesca King received a Dick and Lynne Cheney Study Abroad Fellowship for $4,000. This money was originally awarded for independent study in Canada’s High Arctic (research for a new novel) but will now go towards the Arctic Circle Residency 2019, for which Francesca was awarded a place on the Summer Solstice Expedition. The residency emphasizes collaboration between artists and entails 21 days of sailing + shore excursions in the High Arctic.

Jenny Zhang received a Dick and Lynne Cheney Study Abroad Grant for study of food culture in China.

Lindsay Lynch received a $1200 Dick and Lynne Cheney Study Abroad Grant, and A $4000 Sheila Langlois Memorial Fellowship for Study Abroad in Art History and the Humanities to study sixteenth century still life paintings.

Lindsay also recently published this essay in Electric Literature:


Tayo Basquiat has been awarded 2 grants. One from the Social Justice Research Center to do a border trip over the semester break. The other is a $5500 grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council to do research and some workshops July 2018 around ND on sense of place.

Bryce Peterson received the Dick Cheney Excellence award.


Lillian Schneider' s story "The Great Flood" will be appearing in the Green Mountains Review in April.  Her story "B.Y.O.B." will be appearing in the winter issue of Willow Springs in January.

Bethann Merkle wrote a review about an Essay Press book and it has been published on the Volta blog.

Maria Anderson received the 2016 Outstanding Student Service Award from the A&S Board of Visitors.  She also received the American Heritage Center Teaching and Research Grant for her proposal "Human Exploration and the Nonhuman World: Wolfers, Geysers, and Godseekers."

Bethann Merkle received a PIE award from the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning for excellence in Promoting Intellectual Engagement in a first-year class.

Bethann Merkle

  • She published a feature article in the Jan/Feb issue of  American ScientistDrawn to Caribou.

  • She received funding from the Biodiversity Institute and the Center for Global Studies, for her "Ecologically True Story of the Tortoise and the Hare" project

  • She published a feature article in the Jan/Feb issue of  American ScientistDrawn to Caribou ) and has begun penning an illustrated natural history column for a new literary/arts/nature children's magazine, root & star.

  • She received an Alumni Association graduate student scholarship.

  • Wyoming EPSCoR recently interviewed Bethann Garramon Merkle about the nature drawing/field journal workshops she teaches. She has also recently given invited talks and workshops about sketching and science for the Biodiversity Institute, the UW Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning/Outreach School, and the UW Dept. of Zoology & Physiology. A recording of the latter is available to watch via WyoCast.

  • Bethann Garramon Merkle has been selected for a creative writing residency at AMK Ranch, a research center jointly operated by the University of Wyoming and the National Park Service.

  • Bethann Garramon Merkle's article "And eel is an eel is an eel, or is it?" has been shortlisted for the 2015 Best Environmental Reporting award. The Quebec Community Newspaper Association will announce the winner in June 2016.

  • She has begun writing an illustrated natural history column for a new literary/arts/nature children's magazine.  root & star is published quarterly, and my column will run in each issue; the first column was published in the spring 2016 issue.

  • She received an Arts & Sciences Birdsong Family international travel scholarship (autumn 2015) for my  "Ecologically True Story of the Tortoise and the Hare" project. I also received Center for Global Studies international travel scholarship for this project (spring 2016).

  • She received an American Heritage Center student research grant (January 2016) to conduct my master's project:  Establishing a baseline: Documenting how Ecological Concepts are Represented in Children’s Books.

  • She received an Alumni Association graduate student scholarship (spring 2016).

  • Wyoming EPSCoR recently interviewed me about the nature drawing/field journal workshops she teaches (most recent workshop was for Biodiversity Institute on 3/5).

  • In mid-February, she gave an invited talk to the UW Dept. of Zoology & Physiology. It was entitled: "Drawn to Science: Exploring the Historical and Contemporary Synergies between Drawing, Creativity, and Science," and a recording is available to watch via WyoCast.

  • She gave a workshop for the UW Ellbogen Center for Teaching & Learning/Outreach School at the end of March. The title is "Drawn to Science: Using analog technology (art!) to teach and learn science" and those interested can register here.


Ammon Medina won the Haub Creative Activities & Student Research Grant, a $1000 dollar award. These funds will help pay for a trip to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. This trip will fuel Ammon’s chapbook of poems that looks into sheep ranches here and in Chile.

Jessica White has another art show at Coal Creek (DT) this month.

Trey Williams’s story, "Twelve in the Black," which was originally published in the Masters Review, has been named a finalist for storySouth's Million Writers Award, which is a contest for best story published online in 2014.

Randall Tyrone had three poems published online at

Manasseh Franklin has an upcoming photography exhibit, “Experiencing Ice,” at Gallery 234 from April 27-May 14. There is an opening reception for the exhibit on May 7, from 5-7pm. The exhibit centers on a collection of prose poems and photographs gathered while traveling to and on glaciers in Alaska, Canada and Wyoming. You can find more on the project at

Randall Tyrone is a finalist for the Tin House summer workshop scholars program and has been awarded the Bentley-Buckman Poetry Fellowship to attend Writers Week at Idyllwild Arts.

Carly Fraysier and Erin Jones were both awarded Plummer scholarships.

Jeff Tatay's ecotheory and ecopoetics of the Hominid Birthing and The Elk Cyborg will be published in Tract/Trace: An Investigative Journal​.

Trey (John Thorton) Williams' 8 page story "Examination Room" has been picked up by Joyland and will be published in May.


Trey (John Thorton) Williams just won the Glimmer Train Award for New Writers for his story "Darling, Keith, The Subway Girl, and Jumping Joe Henry." Link here:​ .

Sofi Thanhauser was awarded a residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga for the month of February.

Jessica White received an A&S Saunders-Walter Study Abroad Scholarship award of $1500 to travel to Thailand for research on a creative writing project.

Jeff Tatay had his poetry (“Wōdnesdæg,” “August 8 th,” “Cryptic,” and “Twenty Something”) featured on Wyoming Public Media’s Spoken Words:

Sofi Thanhauser's essay "The Roar, the Crash" was published in "Essay Daily." The link is:

Sofi Thanhauser has been awarded a Haub Grant for Research and Creative Activities for Fall 2014.

Erin Jones submitted a winning essay for the "Communicating About Water" contest hosted by EPSCoR.

Manasseh Franklin has won the Larsh-Bristol Fellowship from the UW communications and journalism department.

Ginger Ko has accepted a position at the University of Georgia's PhD Creative Writing program. She also has some pieces up in Toad: She'll also have pieces forthcoming (this summer and fall) from likewise folio, Vector Press, and The Pinch Literary Journal.

Sofi Thanhauser, Kelly Hatton, and Manasseh Franklin have been awarded Plummer scholarships from the ENR program.

Daniel Freije won a 2014 Ellbogen Teaching Award.

Sofi Thanhauser won a 2014 PIE award. 

Erin Jones, Ginger Ko, Lam Pham, Sofi Thanhauser and Korie Johnson have been nominated for the Promoting Intellectual Engagement in the First Year (PIE) award. The PIE award recognizes faculty who inspire students intellectually in first-year courses and is sponsored by several programs within both academic and student affairs: the Ellbogen CTL, Center for Advising and Career Services, Residence Life and Dining, and the LeaRN Program.

Manasseh Franklin's piece "Recipe for the Essence of Rootlessness" has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue Sheepshead Review.

Sofi Thanhauser has received a grant from the Social Justice Research Center.

Adrian Shirk has an article up at The Atlantic.


The fall 2013 nonfiction workshop students recorded their work as part of the WPR Spoken Word series.  See links in the left column.

Sofi Thanhauser had a short film shown at the Gryphon Theater December 13th as part of a festival of short films by Laramie artists.  Her film featured some amazing work by actors Daniel Pafunda, Jason Kirkmeyer, Jason Burge, Julian Saporiti, Chelsea Biondolillo, Rebecca Estee, Eric Krszjzaniek and Adrian Shirk.  The Casper Star Tribune published an article about the film festival.

Chelsea Biondolillo's story "Phrenology: An Attempt" from Hayden's Ferry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Lam Pham's story "Lovesaw" was awarded "special mention" in Hunger Mountain's 2013 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction contest (judged this year by Michael Martone).  It'll appear in a future issue of the journal.

Adrian Shirk has an essay up at The Airship.

Ginger Ko has a review of Becca Jensen’s  Among the Dead:  Ah! and Afterward Yes! for HTMLGIANT, a new poem, “I DON’T BEG FOR A PLACE TO LAND BUT I FEEL LONELY WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK,” in TYPO, and a new piece, "Treespeak" at inter|rupture.  She was a semi-finalist for the Bloof Books 2014 Chapbook Series contest.  She has new poems, "Day Mark," "Day Mark (2)," "Day Mark (3)," "Night Signature," and Night Signature (2)" in smoking glue gun, Volume 8 and is on the short list mention for smoking glue gun's 2013 Chapbook Competition. Ginger's poem "Get the fuck out woodland creatures, get the fuck out low-hanging fruit" is in Anti-, Issue 13.

Joey Rubin's essays, reviews and translations have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Nerve, Paste, the Forward, the Daily Beast, the Critical Quarterly, Hemispheres and the Argentina Independent, where he is a contributing editor. His short fiction, “Toward Lithuania,” was included in the anthology Promised Lands: New Jewish Fiction on Longing and Belonging.

Adrian Shirk is a founder/editor for The Corresponding Society, and its associated journal Correspondence, and assistant editor at Wilder Quarterly, an NYC-based horticulture and design magazine. Her nonfiction work has appeared in Wilder Quarterly, Owl Eye Review, Spork, Water Science, 7Stops Magazine, and Providence Monthly.

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