The Greta Wrolstad Travel Award was established in 2005, in memory of Greta Wrolstad, a poet in the MFA program from 2004-2005, who passed away on August 9, 2005 at the age of twenty-four. The award is granted to an outstanding poet in the first or second year of the MFA program in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Montana, for support of travel during the summer or academic year to a writing workshop, conference, or residency in the U.S. or abroad. The award consists of a prize of $1000.00.
Previous winners include 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. Greta was born on April 26th, 1981.
Read her poem "Fontaine de Vaucluse" and read about the the Greta Wrolstad Scholarship for Young Poets, offered by the Summer Literary Seminars-Russia, here
Greta Wrolstad has been memorialized by The University of Montana 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 of Greta's from 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. There was 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.