The recipient of the 2021 Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing & Journalism Fellowship, Hannah Habermann. Photo: Courtesy Wyoming Arts Council

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Wyoming Arts Council recently awarded Hannah Habermann of Jackson with the 2021 Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing & Journalism Fellowship.

Habermann is a writer, educator and activist focused on the social and environmental conflicts playing out in a rapidly-changing American West. According to the Council, Habermann is planning to use the grant to explore stories focused on a just energy transition and Indigenous conservation efforts in Wyoming.

Habermann is the co-creator and producer of the podcast “Yonder Lies: Unpacking the Myths of Jackson Hole,” a collaboration with KHOL 89.1, the Jackson Hole Historical Society, and the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative.

Habermann is currently the Community Outreach and Communications Manager for the Jackson Hole Climate Action Collective, and also works as a climbing and hiking instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.

In 2020, she was the communications manager for the Grey Bull for Congress campaign. She has written for the “Jackson Hole News & Guide” and holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing from Middlebury College.

The Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing & Journalism Fellowship is made possible through generous funding from The Pattie and Earle Layser Memorial Fund. This annual prestigious fellowship of $3,500 is awarded to a creative writer (poetry, fiction, nonfiction), or those in the field of journalism (writer, photojournalist, videographer, documentary filmmaker, online or print media) who demonstrate serious inquiry and dedication to the Greater Yellowstone region through their work. Over the next year, Habermann will create or complete a relevant publishable or produced work and have the opportunity for a housing residency in the greater Yellowstone region.

Honorable mentions went to Joseph Bullington of Helena, MT, Corrie Williamson of West Yellowstone, Mont., and John Clayton of Red Lodge, Mont.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.