The Vladimir Award

Photo by Elizabeth O'Connor

Since January 2015, the Leah Ryan Fund has offered The Vladimir Award, an annual $5,000 grant for writers facing medical emergencies. At the beginning of her treatment for leukemia and with her characteristic humor, Leah Ryan named her IV pole Vladimir, a nod to the Russian writers she loved. It was Leah’s wish that this emergency fund be created.

Recipients remain anonymous, and the Leah Ryan Fund works with the Author’s League Fund to administer the grant.


To support The Vladimir Award from the Leah Ryan Fund, donate online through the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley website.

You can also donate by mail:
Please make checks payable to the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, and make sure to write “Leah Ryan Fund” in the memo line.

Please mail to:
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
25 Van Wagner Rd, Suite 2
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

We thank you in advance for your generosity in supporting the Leah Ryan Fund.