Scholarships Awarded UW MFA Students

The 25th Jackson Hole Writers Conference is pleased to announce this year’s University of Wyoming scholarships. Each year we raise money through our silent auction to fund these scholarships. They include registration fees and the chance to have a manuscript critiqued by writers and an agent or editor. We only wish we could provide housing as well. contributor_747

Maria Anderson attended the conference last year, but not on scholarship. According to her application, “because of the excellent time I had last year,” she applied for a scholarship.

“The manuscript consultation (in 2015) with Liese Mayer and Stefan Merrill Block was so valuable for putting the final touches on my story, Cougar,” she says. As well she cites workshops with Block and Nina McConigley as highlights.

Maria, from Montana—aren’t so many of us at least in our hearts?—is working on stories for a first collection. Her fiction has recently been published or is forthcoming in the Missouri Review, the Atlas Review, and the Fiddleback.

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Carly Rita Fraysier received a scholarship last year and we are happy to offer her another one. In 2015 she was an active part of the conference, talking to everybody she could. And that is what we hope will happen with these up-and-coming, devoted young writers. We are always happy to give scholarships to the same students because of this aptitude and attitude to committed writing. So nobody should be afraid of applying again.

“I had such a wonderful time last year,” she says in her application.

A recent graduate of the University of Wyoming’s MFA Creative Writing Program, she holds a combined degree in Environment and Natural Resources. According to her bio, she is at work on an essay collection exploring family closeness through a lens of place. That resonates with this writer for one.

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Manasseh Leah Franklin is a new recipient. She, too, recently earned a combined MFA with a degree in Environment and Natural Resources. She has worked as a ranch hand, climbing guide, magazine intern and freelance writer. Her words have appeared in Rock and Ice, Afar, Trail Runner and most recently, Western Confluence magazines.

Her most recent endeavor seeks to unpack the loaded question of what it really means to lose glaciers. “I’m entrenched in a book project that focuses on glaciers around North America, including some of those remaining in the Tetons,” Franklin explains. “I think the Jackson Hole Writers Conference would be a valuable and relevant experience, particularly within the context of this project.” She will certainly have lots of people to talk to while in Jackson. Gretel Ehrlich’s featured talk is the The End of Ice, so Manasseh will find kindred writing spirits at the conference.

An aside: There have been numerous studies over the years about the recession of the Teton Glacier, one of which my husband and I were involved with. Jackson Hole native Kelly Elder had received funding from the Grand Teton Natural History Association for a couple of trips onto the glacier. I was lucky enough to accompany the group one summer, where I witnessed the most amazing thunder and lighting show at the base of Disappointment Peak, the Grand and Owen. A night to remember.

of our scholarship winners an inspiring conference.