Ana Maria Spagna

Johnston Visiting Instructor of English

Olin Hall 162
(509) 527-5594

Ana Maria Spagna was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Riverside, California but has lived most of her adult life with her (now) wife, Laurie, in Stehekin, Washington, a remote community in the North Cascades accessible only by foot, boat, or float plane. She is the author of six books of creative nonfiction including Reclaimers, the story of people reclaiming sacred land and water, 100 Skills You'll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It) a humor-infused exploration of how to live more lightly on the planet, the memoir/history Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter's Civil Rights Journey, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize, and three collections of essays, Potluck, Now Go Home, and Uplake, forthcoming from University of Washington Press in 2018. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Nautilus Awards, and as a three-time finalist for the Washington State Book Awards. Her essays have been published in many journals including Orion, Ecotone, Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, North American Review, and regularly in High Country News, and her first novel for young people, The Luckiest Scar on Earth, appeared in early 2017. After working fifteen years on backcountry trail crews for the National Park Service, she turned to teaching creative nonfiction at Northwest Institute of Literary Arts where, until recently, she also served as MFA Program Director and at Antioch University, Los Angeles.