2015 Award Recipient
The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers has chosen Melissa Sevigny of Flagstaff, AZ, as the recipient of the tenth annual Desert Writers Award. A grant of $3,000 will support work on her upcoming book, Mythical River: Encounters with Water in the American Southwest.
A native of Tucson, Sevigny earned a dual degree from the University of Arizona in environmental science and creative writing. She worked as a science communicator for NASA’s Phoenix Mars Scout Mission and the Water Recources Research Center in Tucson before heading off to graduate school at the Iowa State University, seeking a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. After several years of teaching at Iowa State University, Sevigny recently accepted a position as science and technology reporter for KNAU Radio in Flagstaff.
Sevigny said that her book project, Mythical River, “weaves together the geology, ecology, history and politics of the American Southwest into a narrative that considers what it means to make a home in a dry place.” According to Sevigny, the book’s intriguing title refers to the Colorado River and “the illusion of constancy, which made the sprawling suburbs and agricultural fields of the Southwest possible, in the face of what are actually ephemeral desert rivers.”
When she got word that she had been chosen to receive this year's Desert Writers Award, Sevigny said she was "honored to join the community of writers who strive to carry on Ellen Meloy's legacy."
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2016 Awards Process
Submissions for the 2016 Desert Writer's Award will be accepted November 1, 2015 – January 15, 2016. Our application guidelines and awards process can be found here.
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The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers sends the willing and talented out to the desert to write. The annual award of $3,000 provides recognition and a small base of financial support for exceptional writers of the desert who wish to spend creative time in a desert environment and carry on in the spirit of Ellen Meloy. Read more about Ellen, the EMF and our award recipients.
The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers is a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3).