Greta Wrolstad Travel Award

The Greta Wrolstad Travel Award was established in 2005, in memory of Greta Wrolstad, a poet in the MFA program from 2004-2005. The award is granted to an outstanding poet enrolled in the MFA program, for support of travel to a writing workshop, conference, or residency in the U.S. or abroad as well as research for a creative project. The award consists of a prize of approximately $3,000.

Previous winners include Sierra Jacob (2016), Max Kaisler (2015), Kate Nitze (2014), John Bennett (2013), Laurel Nakanishi (2012), Hannah Soukup (2011), Maren Vespia (2010), Lindsay Bland & Caitlin Moore (2009), Lucas Farrell (2008), Trina Burke (2007) and Devon Wootten (2006).

While in the program at Montana, Greta Wrolstad was awarded a Poetry Fellowship, served as the poetry co-editor of CutBank and attended the 2005 Summer Literary Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia, on a scholarship awarded by Fence Books; the Greta Wrolstad Scholarship for Young Poets was subsequently created in her honor. Poems from her manuscript, Notes on Sea and Shore, have appeared in A Public Space, Black Warrior Review, The Canary, Octopus Magazine, and have been featured in the Best New Poets 2007 and Pushcart Prize XXXII anthologies.

Read her poem "The Clearing" in the 4th issue of A Public Space.

Read more about Greta Wrolstad and her poem "Fontaine de Vaucluse" at Summer Literary Seminars-Russia.

Greta Wrolstad Memorial

Greta Wrolstad memorial plaque on a rock
The University of Montana memorialized Greta Wrolstad with a bench and rock at the southwest corner of the Liberal Arts Building. This is a pleasant place to sit and spend some contemplative time. The bench has a plaque with a line from her collection, Notes on Sea and Shore: "At the river's first bend we come ashore, and on that shore, stones. Smooth, diminishing stones." This memorial was made possible by Greta's loving parents, Kathy and Ronald Wrolstad. At a dedication ceremony on Sunday, May 10, 2009, friends and family read poems by Greta, spoke about her tremendous spirit, and celebrated the great poet who left us too soon.