Madeline Ostrander

County: King County




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Madeline Ostrander is a narrative nonfiction writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Seattle Met, Slate, and The Sun Magazine. Her stories often explore the consequences of our collective choices about the environment—expressed not just in terms of melting ice sheets or the ledgers of the oil and gas industry, but in the places where we live, in ways as large as hurricanes and health epidemics and as small as the timing of spring cherry blossoms. She holds a Masters in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and for six years, she was the senior editor of YES! Magazine, a national, award-winning publication focused on solutions. She has also been a writing fellow with the Jack Straw Cultural Center, a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook and the Mesa Refuge, and a fellow with Center for Health Journalism, and her work has received support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. She teaches classes on nonfiction, journalism, and publishing at the Hugo House.

Madeline Ostrander received 2019 GAP Award funding to support the research and travel costs associated with producing At Home on an Unruly Planet, a book that reckons with climate change as a force that will ultimately affect all of us in the places where we live. The book, to be published by Henry Holt and Co., will take readers to four American landscapes — Okanogan County, Washington; Arctic Alaska; an industrial city in northern California; and Maryland’s Eastern Shore—and chronicle the lives of people who are facing climate change at home.

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.

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