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The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow awards Moondancer Environmental fellowship to Matt Jones

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is proud to announce Matt Jones as the winner of the 2019 Moondancer fellowship.

Matt Jones will receive a fully-funded two-week residency at The Writers’ Colony where he will be working his nonfiction collection of essays, “This Probably Won’t End Wars.” The title refers to environmental degradation that takes place so gradually as to be rendered invisible, and therefore ignored to the point that it “exacerbates the vulnerability of ecosystems and of people who are poor, disempowered, and often involuntarily displaced.” The Moondancer fellowship is awarded to an author writing in any genre who expresses love of and concern for the environment through writing.

The public is invited to hear Matt read from his work at a 5:15 at 515 meet and greet on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The event will be at 5:15 at 515 Spring Street in Eureka Springs, home of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. Matt will also be teaching a workshop called, “Science and Storytelling” from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 6. To learn more about the 5:15 at 515 and the workshop, visit

Matt Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama's MFA Program in Creative Writing. He is an environmentalist and a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He teaches English, composition, and rhetoric at the college-level, and served as a co-instructor of the Mercantile Library's "Fundamentals of Fiction Workshop" in fall 2018.

Matt was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2018, and has been the recipient of scholarships to the River Teeth Nonfiction Conference and the Wesleyan Writers Conference. He has served as a writer-in-residence at Willowtail Springs, the Leopold Writing Program, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and the Collaborative Retreat at Shotpouch Creek.

Matt's essay "No Heart, No Moon" was selected by Sy Montgomery and Jaime Green for the 2019 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology, and his short story "The Changeling" was chosen as a Distinguished Story in The Best American Stories 2018, edited by Roxane Gay. His most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Columbia Review, Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters, Literary Hub, Longreads, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New England Review, The Southern Review, and The Threepenny Review.

To learn more about Matt Jones, visit his website at For more information about funding a fellowship, please visit

Since opening its doors to writers in 2000, the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow has made a lasting impact on the arts and literary communities providing uninterrupted residency time for writers of all genres, including culinary, composers, and artists, without discrimination. The WCDH has hosted over 1,500 writers from 48 states and 12 countries. For more information, please visit or call Michelle Hannon or Chad Gurley at (479) 253-7444.


Michelle Hannon, Executive Director

Chad Gurley, Colony Coordinator

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow

515 Spring Street

Eureka Springs, AR 72632


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