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About the Artist

Sasha LaPointe (Tacoma) is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribe. Native to the Pacific Northwest, she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as from her life in Seattle. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the Coast Salish language revitalization, to loud basement punk shows and what it means to grow up mixed heritage. She has completed a memoir in which she explores the aftermath of sexual assault, first love, and drawing strength from her lineage. Her work has appeared in Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus Literary Journal, Indian Country Today, Luna Luna Magazine, The Yellow Medicine Review, The Portland Review, AS/Us Journal, THE Magazine, and Aborted Society Online Zine. She has recently graduated with an MFA through The Institute of American Indian Arts with a focus on creative nonfiction and poetry.

Sasha received 2018 GAP Award funding for her new memoir, RED PAINT. She will research the lives of her Coast Salish ancestors, unearthing their stories in order to give them voice. The grant will fund a trip to her ancestor's fishing village, where she will conduct research and write.

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

This award means more than just the financial support necessary in carving out the time it takes to do this work. As an indigenous woman it is easy to feel invisible or unheard. To know that people are listening and believe in this work is such a gift. Thank you.

Sasha LaPointe