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About the Artist

Ann Pancake is a fiction writer living in Seattle. Her collection of short stories, Given Ground (University Press of New England), won the 2000 Bakeless Award sponsored by Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant, a Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize, a Whiting Award, creative writing fellowships from the states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the Thomas Wolfe Prize, a Bread Loaf Fellowship, and the Emerging Southern Women Writers Contest. Her fiction and essays have appeared such journals and anthologies as Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Mid-American Review, and New Stories from the South. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Washington and teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma. She is currently finishing a novel about mountaintop removal mining in southern West Virginia entitled Strange as This Weather Has Been, told from seven different perspectives and featuring a family living in a community directly below a massive mining operation.

As part of her Fellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, Ann held an event on the Washington State University campus in Pullman. She first gave a reading from her novel Stranger As This Weather Has Been at the Washington State Art Museum. Her novel was a 2008 finalist for the Orion Book Award. Over 80 people attended, and the reading was followed by a Q&A session at which many enthusiastic audience members participated. The next morning Pancake met with a creative writing class of 20 students and discussed fiction writing. “I’d never even been in that part of the state, and it was a great experience,” Pancake reported.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

Artist Trust funds certainly helped buy me time for the revision of the book! They also helped with printing and copying and mailing costs.

Ann Pancake