Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Sharma Shields (Spokane) received 2009 GAP Award funding for financial assistance with the process of sending her manuscript to various literary agents. Sharma’s short story collection, Field Guide to Monsters of the Inland Northwest, puts women in central character roles, and is deeply imaginative, at times fabulist. Alienation, disappointment, selfishness and private morality are identified as large themes in her work. The author left a lucrative sales position out-of-state to return to Washington and focus on her fiction.

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