Ellen Meloy

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Ellen Meloy
BornJune 21, 1946
DiedNovember 4, 2004 (aged 58)
Alma materGoucher College (BFA)
University of Montana M.A.)
OccupationEnvironmental Writer
RelativesColin Meloy (nephew)
Maile Meloy (niece)

Ellen Meloy (June 21, 1946, Pasadena, California – November 4, 2004, Bluff, Utah) was an American nature writer.


She was born Ellen Louise Ditzler in Pasadena, California. She graduated from Goucher College with a degree in art, and from the University of Montana with a master's degree in environmental studies.[1] She married her husband Mark Meloy, a river ranger, in 1985.[2] Her nephew is the musician and writer Colin Meloy and her niece is the writer Maile Meloy.

A prize bearing Meloy's name is presented annually by The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers.[3]


  • 1997 Whiting Award
  • 2003 Pulitzer Prize nomination for The Anthropology of Turquoise Meditations on Landscape, Art & Spirit (2003)
  • 2007 John Burroughs Medal Award [4]

Selected works[edit]

  • "GROUND ZERO", Salon, February, 24, 1999 Archived 2010-02-13 at the Wayback Machine
  • Meloy, Ellen (1994). Raven's Exile: A Season on the Green River. H. Holt. ISBN 978-0-8050-2497-5.
  • —— (2001). The Last Cheater's Waltz: Beauty and Violence in the Desert Southwest. University of Arizona Press. ISBN 978-0-8165-2153-1.
  • —— (2002). The anthropology of turquoise: meditations on landscape, art, and spirit. Pantheon Books. ISBN 978-0-375-40885-4.
  • —— (2005). Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild. Pantheon Books. ISBN 978-0-375-42216-4.
  • Hunter, Christopher J. (1991). Tom Palmer (ed.). Better trout habitat: a guide to stream restoration and management. Illustrated by ––. Island Press. ISBN 978-0-933280-77-9. Ellen Meloy.
  • —— (2004). Foreword. Sandstone seduction: rivers and lovers, canyons and friends. By Lee, Katie. Big Earth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-55566-338-4.


  • Bill McKibben, ed. (2008). American Earth: environmental writing since Thoreau. Literary Classics of the United States. ISBN 978-1-59853-020-9.
  • —— (2007). "Think not of a Tectonic Plate but of a Sumptuous Feast". In Susan Wittig Albert; Susan Hanson (eds.). What wildness is this: women write about the Southwest. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71630-8.
  • William Kittredge; John Smart, eds. (1988). Montana spaces: essays and photographs in celebration of Montana. Photography by John Smart. Nick Lyons Books. ISBN 978-1-55821-000-4.
  • American Nature Writing: 2000, the volume was devoted to emerging women writers and was edited by John A. Murray, published by Oregon State University Press: Corvallis.


  1. ^ "Of Note: Ellen Meloy Author". The Washington Post. November 13, 2004. p. B06.
  2. ^ "Remembering Ellen Meloy", High Desert Journal, April 2005, Elizabeth Grossman Archived 2009-08-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Desert Writers Award". Poets & Writers. 2019-09-27. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  4. ^ "Newsletter" (PDF). research.amnh.org.

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