Katie Christiansen of Evergreen, Colorado is the recipient of the 2022 Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing & Journalism Fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council.
Honorable mention went to Nikki Mann from Lander, Wyo.
The Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Fellowship for Creative Writing and Journalism is made possible by generous funding from the Pattie and Earle Layser Memorial Fund. This prestigious annual scholarship of $3,500 is awarded to a creative writer (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) or those in the field of journalism (writer, photojournalist, videographer, documentary filmmaker, online or print media) who demonstrate of serious investigation and dedication to the Greater Yellowstone Area through their work.
Over the next year, Christiansen will create or complete relevant publishable or produced work and have the opportunity for a residency in the greater Yellowstone area.
Katie Shepherd Christiansen is an artist, naturalist and conservationist. Katie is the editor and illustrator of the book “The Artist’s Field Guide to Yellowstone(2021), which she created in partnership with around fifty local artists and writers. Since 2016, she has been artist in residence at the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (Jackson, Wyo.). His intricate animal portraits, nature writings, and hand-painted maps appear in books, galleries, journals, and on interpretive resources of natural areas in the Yellowstone region, including Bozeman’s Story Community Park. Mill, Jackson’s Astoria Hot Springs Conservancy, and Paradise Valley West. Creek Ranch.
She has twice received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and, through her organization, Coyote Art & Ecology, has collaborated with various local, national and international organizations including Trust for Public Land, City of Bozeman, Gallatin Watershed Council, Ucross Foundation, Jackson Hole Public Art, Astoria Park Conservancy, Teton Conservation District, the Town of Jackson and National Geographic. . Katie is a columnist for the Mountain Journal and illustrates books, including the recent Atlas of Conflict Resolution: A Montana Field-Guide to Sharing Ranching Landscapes with Wildlife by Dr Hannah Jaicks. She holds a master’s degree from Yale’s School of the Environment, where she studied as a Wyss Conservation Fellow focusing her research on the biophysical, cultural, and political contexts of Yellowstone.
Katie’s knowledge of natural systems and her sense of beauty give her works a keen attention to detail. Katie’s work in conservation spans science, policy, management, communications, grassroots organizing, community development, outreach and education. Her work is inspired by her time spent in nature across the intermountain west, her childhood in northern Michigan, and her time now as a mother of two young children.
Katie’s new initiative, “The Greater Yellowstone Seasonal Almanac”, is a practical guide to help reconnect local people to the land, wild communities and each other by bringing to life the cyclical and simultaneous events of our ecosystem in words. and in illustrations. . The project is supported by the Raynes Wildlife Fund and the Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Fellowship.
The jurors this year were Christine Peterson and Susan Tweit.
For more information on the scholarship, visit the Arts Council website wyomingartscouncil.org or call 307-274-6673.