Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Ruby Hansen Murray (Cathlamet) is the winner of the 2017 Montana Nonfiction Prize and Oregon Writers Colony Contest in Nonfiction, awarded fellowships at Ragdale, Hedgebrook, Jack Straw, and VONA. Awarded a Fellowship by the Jentel Artist Residency Program, her work appears in World Literature Today, CutBank, About Place, The Rumpus, Yellow Medicine Review and Indian Country Today. She is a writer and photographer, who received an MFA from The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. A citizen of the Osage Nation from the Hominy District with West Indian roots, she lives along the Columbia River. 

Ruby will complete When Blood is Oil, a collection of essays that form an indictment of America’s idealized self-image, its romance with cowboys and wilderness. Essays in the collection catalogue facets of ethnic cleansing ranging from bureaucratic malfeasance to systemic violence.

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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From the Artist

Receiving this GAP Award lets me know that Artist Trust recognizes the importance of indigenous voices telling our own stories. This award will move my essay collection closer to library shelves where I hope it will both sustain and challenge readers.

Ruby Hansen Murray