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About the Artist

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (Seattle) is the award-winning author of a memoir and three novels, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her memoir, The End of San Francisco, won a Lambda Literary Award, and her previous title, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. 

Mattilda’s anthologies include Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, which are widely taught in the university setting. She has written for a broad range of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Bookforum, and BOMB.

She recently finished The Freezer Door, a book about desire and loss, sexual ethics, and gentrification, set in current-day Seattle. She’s working on a book about her fraught relationship with her late grandmother, a visual artist from Baltimore, tentatively titled Touching the ArtSketchtasy, her third novel, will be out in October 2018.

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From the Artist

This award arrives at the perfect time, since I'm in the process of working on a new book, Touching the Art, about my fraught relationship with my grandmother, a visual artist from Baltimore, and in order to immerse myself in the project I've come to Baltimore for several months. This grant will really help with the costs of this trip, and make sure that I can do the immersive work that I do best. Thanks so much for the support!

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore