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About the Artist

Charlotte Watson Sherman (Seattle) was raised in Seattle. She worked as a personal recognizance screener, sexual abuse counselor, mental health interviewer, child welfare worker, and volunteer coordinator for a literacy program before becoming a librarian. She is the author of the short fiction collection Killing Color (Calyx Books); two novels, One Dark Body and touch (HarperCollins); as well as a children’s book, Eli and the Swamp Man (HarperCollins). She edited the anthology Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (HarperCollins). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Parenting, Essence, Ms., The Seattle Times, American Visions, Goodness Portland, and numerous anthologies.

Charlotte received a 2012 GAP to help cover the expenses of a research trip to Mississippi to collect photographs and conduct interviews. Her project, God’s Long Bones, is a novel based on the true story of the alleged 2004 murder of a former Seattle resident near Natchez, MS. A resulting multimedia project will highlight the issue of African-American land loss through a public presentation of narrative text, audio interviews, and photographs, and a multimedia website will further showcase the book’s themes and provide insight into the case and the land loss crisis.

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