Ana Maria Spagna
County: Chelan County
GAP Award 2005, 2017
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Ana Maria Spagna has lived most of her adult life with her (now) wife, Laurie, in Stehekin, Washington, a remote community in the North Cascades. After fifteen years working on backcountry trail crews for the National Park Service, she chose to dedicate herself to writing, and since 2004 has published seven books and more than 100 essays and stories on wilderness, work, community, civil rights, and the complicated ways people protect what they love.
Ana Maria received a 2017 GAP Award to research for a braided nonfiction narrative tenatively called The Merchant by the River. The narrative will explore the roots of xenophobic clashes, both historical and contemporary. Support from GAP will help with travel expenses for research necessary to lay the groundwork for his project, including visits to special collections at the main branch of the WSU library in Pullman and at WSU Vancouver library and both Chelan and Methow Historical Societies.
Artist Trust thanks the Amazon Literary Partnership for underwriting this award through Artist Trust’s Corporate Partnership program. For information about supporting Washington State artists, visit here.
Artist External Links
Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw, Oregon State University Press, 2004.
Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: a Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey, Bison Books, 2010.
Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness, Oregon State University Press, 2011.
Reclaimers, book cover, n/a.