Ellen Fagg Weist

Ellen Fagg Weist lives in Salt Lake City. She earned a journalism education degree from Brigham Young University and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. She has worked as a reporter and arts editor in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, New York City and Portland, Oregon. She was credited for reporting contributions to Willamette Week’s 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative story, and consistently earned first-place feature writing awards (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and review writing (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012) from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She has taught creative writing and literary journalism courses at University of Iowa, Portland State University, Westminster College and the University of Utah.

Ellen Weist’s essay, “Eight Views of the Lake,” won the 2018 Alfred Lambourne Prize from the Friends of Great Salt Lake. Her work has been published in magazines such as Tin House, Exponent II, Irreantum and Points of Entry, and anthologies such as The Essayist At Work, and The World Within: Writers Talk. The fiction anthology she edited, The Way We Live: Stories By Utah Women, (Signature Books, 1994), was named one of the top 10 regional books by the Intermountain Booksellers Association.



The Way We Live: Stories By Utah Women, Signature Books, 1994. 

Additional Info

  • Region: Wasatch Front
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Tags: Women