About the Fund
Ideally, we’d live in a world free from white supremacy, patriarchy, and exploitation by capitalism. The reality is that we don’t. And unfortunately, writers, too, are not immune to structural oppression.
The Leah Ryan Fund helps sustain and support writers facing individual challenges and systemic oppression so they can keep writing, connecting, creating, and thriving.
The Leah Ryan Fund reflects the values that Leah herself possessed:
- We believe in fierce artistic integrity, resilience of spirit, and authenticity of voice.
- We reward excellence as expressed through the mastery of form.
- We embrace the world with outrage, humor, and compassion.
- We acknowledge our complicity in the systems of oppression and resist injustice.
- We practice direct and honest communication.
Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers (FEWW) was established in 2008 to honor the memory of Leah Ryan, a woman of letters who wrote plays, poetry, essays, lyrics, adaptations, and collaborated with performance artists. The Fund offers an annual playwriting prize and the annual Vladimir award.
Leah Ryan’s FEWW is administered through the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.
The advisory committee is comprised of colleagues who worked with Leah, and friends and fans who admired her work. They are: