ABOUT THE ELLEN MELOY FUND
Established in 2005 to honor the memory of Ellen Meloy, the mission
of the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers (EMF) is to provide support to writers whose work reflects the spirit and passions embodied in Ellen’s writing and her commitment to a “deep map of place.”
Ellen’s own map-in-progress was of the desert country she called home, and the EMF sends the willing and talented out to the desert to write. The annual award of $5,000 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.
The benefits are huge. Writers are enriched by the enduring powers of the desert and their readers gain knowledge and a passion for desert places.
What began in 2005 as an effort to honor the talents, spirit, and memory of a cherished friend and vastly talented writer and artist, has grown into a stable, vibrant, and enduring organization.
The EMF Award is recognized and established in literary circles. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters over the years (and into the future), the voice Ellen gave the desert continues to reach and inspire us.
Thanks for taking a moment to visit and explore our website. We hope you enjoy learning a little about Ellen and so many of the talented desert writers we've had the joy of getting to know. If you have any questions, please reach out to us anytime through our contact form. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
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