We’re pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Fishtrap Fellowships

  • Nellie Bridge – Sequim, Washington
  • Ruby Hansen Murray – Cathlamet, Washington
  • Emily Withnall – Missoula, Montana

Mary Fussell also received the 3rd annual Summer Fishtrap Undergraduate Fellowship. This Fellowship opportunity is a partnership between Fishtrap, the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Program, and their undergraduate literary magazine, The Oval.

Since 1990, Fishtrap has awarded more than 100 Fellowships to writers throughout the West — many of whom have gone on to publish, and succeed in full-time careers as writers and teachers. Fishtrap Fellowships recognize and encourage writers who show promise at an early stage in their career.

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Help us grow and maintain a rich, dynamic community of talented writers by becoming a part of this important program. You can start by donating to an the Fishtrap Scholarship Fund. If you would like to help fund one of our Fishtrap Fellows, please contact us.

Learn more about our 2017 Summer Fishtrap Fellows

NELLIE BRIDGE grew up in Washington State and six years ago moved back to the Olympic Peninsula, where she teaches high school English and lives in a small cabin with her daughter. After earning her MFA from NYU in 2003, she worked at the Authors Guild in New York for ten years. Her work has appeared lately in Pleiades and was an honorable mention for the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize in 2015.
RUBY HANSEN MURRAY is a writer and photographer living in the lower Columbia River estuary. Her work appears in The Rumpus, Yellow Medicine Review, Apogee, About Place Journal and Indian Country Today. She is a Hedgebrook, VONA and Jack Straw fellow, who studied at Warren Wilson College and the Institute of American Indian Arts.
EMILY WITHNALL is writer and teacher, and the queer solo parent to two daughters. Originally from the high mountain desert of New Mexico, she survives the winter and cold of Missoula, Montana, by writing dark essays and odes to the sun. Emily received her graduate degree in Environmental Writing from the University of Montana in 2015. In 2016, Emily won first place in creative nonfiction for the AWP Writers’ Conferences & Centers Award, was a finalist for a VIDA fellowship for the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and was named a finalist for the Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, MARY FUSSELL is completing her Bachelor’s degree as an English major at the University of Montana. Before that, she traveled and studied life. Mary considers herself a novice in the art of writing fiction, but a hungry novice. When she is not reading or writing, Mary is making art, watching imaginary scenes play out on patches of sky, or trying to pet a fat animal.