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About the Artist

Sarah Mangold (Edmonds) is originally from Edmond, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmonds, Washington. She is the author of the poetry collections Household Mechanics (New Issues, selected by C. D. Wright), Electrical Theories of Femininity (Black Radish Books) and Giraffes of Devotion (Kore), as well as many chapbooks, most recently, A Copyist, An Astronomer, and a Calendar Expert (above/ground). She is the recipient of fellowships and supported residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Willapa Bay AiR and the Seattle Arts Commission. From 2002-2009, she founded and edited Bird Dog: a journal of innovative writing and art, which featured longer poems and emerging women poets. She works for the University of Washington as a program manager for online academic programs.

Sarah received 2017 GAP Award funding to revise her poetry manuscript, Her Wilderness Will Be Her Manners, that is currently under consideration with a publisher pending revisions and expanding the manuscript with additional new poems. The poems explore taxidermy, natural history dioramas, women naturalists, and visual perspective as it relates to bodies and landscape with a particular focus on taxidermist and naturalist Martha Maxwell, the first person to create a “habitat group” display in the United States, and Delia Akeley, the wife of the “father of modern taxidermy”, whose work goes largely unacknowledged.

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

The support from Artist Trust and Centrum is invaluable to my current manuscript and future books to come. My project proposal for the GAP was for funds to cover a residency to work on revisions for my book under consideration with a publisher, or even better, a residency itself. Residencies are indispensable to my creative practice yet they are hard to come-by, often with many years in between, and often financially challenging. The opportunity for supported uninterrupted thinking and writing time is very rare. I began my manuscript Her Wilderness Will Be Her Manners at Friday Harbor and I love that poems will now continue to grow and emerge in a community on the Salish Sea.

Sarah Mangold