Apply now for the Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency

What a wonderful opportunity for writers. Each year, two writers become residents for up to a month between May and October. Each resident receives a $750 stipend and, in exchange, commits to offering a public presentation of their work in nearby Taos (public health conditions permitting).

The Leopold Writing Program (LWP) is an Albuquerque, NM-based non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the next generation of writers and artists committed to the natural world. Since 2009, through a special partnership with the United States Forest Service, the LWP has sponsored 19 scholars to be in residence at Leopold’s historic cabin, Mi Casita, in the Carson National Forest near beautiful Taos, New Mexico.

The LWP Board of Directors encourages graduate students, faculty, and other professionals who are researching and writing on environmental issues to consider applying for a 2021 summer residency. Special consideration will be given to those who integrate Leopold’s ideas into their proposal. What we try to do with the residency is follow Leopold’s approach to his famous land ethic when he wrote: “I have purposely presented (it) as a product of social evolution because nothing so important as an ethic is ever ‘written’…It evolves in the minds of a thinking community.”

The application deadline is March 1, 2021

To download the application packet, click here.