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Hammonds, Jokerst, Scott receive 2013 OWAA Madson Fellowships
Outdoors Unlimited, June/July 2013

MISSOULA, MONT. — Outdoor Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that Julie Hammonds, Gail Jokerst and Gillian Scott have been selected as co-recipients of the 2013 OWAA John Madson Fellowship.

The fellowhship is an annual grant program that funds continuing education opportunities for OWAA members. This year's recipients will share the total award of more than $2,400 for reimbursable expenses related to attending educational opportunities of their choice.

Based across the river from Glacier National Park, Gail Jokerst began freelance writing 21 years ago. Her work has received several Excellence in Craft Awards and has appeared in over 25 publications such as Michelin’s USA West, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Spokesman-Review. She has covered a diverse range of topics with the short list including conservation easements and grizzly bear DNA research, hiking, bicycling, birding, and organic farming. Aside from penning outdoor stories, Gail has taught writing classes at Flathead Valley Community College and Principia College. An avid baker, she spends almost as much time in her kitchen as she does working and playing outdoors. Last year she published a cookbook interspersed with essays and trail-friendly recipes, which you can read about at With this fellowship grant, Gail is taking an on-line creative nonfiction workshop through the University of California at Berkeley. Her goal is to explore storytelling strategies and learn to effectively apply them to outdoor nonfiction prose pieces be they in the form of memoirs, essays, features, reviews, or interviews.