We are pleased and excited that resident faculty Susan Marsh and her co-author Florence Shepard have been selected as the winners of this year’s Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah Press for Saving Wyoming’s Hoback: The Grassroots Movement that Stopped Natural Gas Development. A great honor and well-deserved by Susan and Florence, both of whom have worked tirelessly and literally in support of the environment–in so many ways.

The $5000 Biennial Book Publication Prize is certainly another feather in Susan’s hat. (Check out her bio at the link to the website or visit her own website.) Saving Wyoming’s Hoback has taken about four years for the co-authors to write. It is set for publication later this spring and will be available at the JHWC book sale and signing.

“This is a shocker to both of us,” Susan wrote in a Facebook posting on March 15.

According to the Press: “The Wallace Stegner Prize will be awarded to the best monograph submitted to the Press in the broad field of environmental humanities. To compete for this award, manuscripts must emphasize interdisciplinary investigations of the natural and human environments and their fundamental interconnectedness, research in primary and secondary sources, and high quality writing in the tradition of Wallace Stegner. Preference will be given to projects that discuss issues related to the American West. We welcome book-length manuscripts that emphasize narrative form and draw on the humanities, as well as the particular methods and perspectives of history, geography, natural history, environmental science, creative nonfiction, or related disciplines to consider environmental subjects, broadly defined. These criteria reflect the legacy of Wallace Stegner as a student of the American West, as a spokesman for the environment, and as a teacher of creative writing. The winner of the Wallace Stegner Prize will receive a $5,000 award and a publication contract with the University of Utah Press”

Any writer in the West would be proud to win any award associated with Wallace Stegner. Again, congratulations to Susan and Florence. Well-done.

–Connie Wieneke