Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Ana Maria Spagna (Stehekin) 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.

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

In 2005, a GAP award from Artist Trust funded the earliest research that became my book Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus. The project seemed huge and unwieldy, beyond my reach. Without the GAP Award, and the much-need jolt in terms of funds and confidence, I would never have taken that first leap, never published the book, never met the heroes and she-roes of the early Civil Rights Movement. I have been grateful ever since. As I pondered taking on another major project, I turned to Artist Trust knowing the difference a GAP Award can make.

Ana Maria Spagna