Prof. Ana Maria Spagna

Visiting Assistant Professor Environmental Studies Department

M.F.A., Creative Writing - Nonfiction & Poetry

Fairfield University

M.A., English - Fiction Writing Emphasis

Northern Arizona University

B.A., English Literature

University of Oregon

Ana Maria Spagna

Ana Maria Spagna is the author of several books including, most recently, the poetry chapbook, Mile Marker Six and the braided nonfiction narrative PUSHED: Miners, a Merchant and (Maybe) a Massacre, forthcoming from Torrey House Press. Her previous books on nature, work, civil, indigenous, and LGBTQ rights, include Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going, Reclaimers, stories of elder women reclaiming sacred land and water, a finalist for the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the memoir/history Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize, 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, and two previous essay collections, Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness and Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw. Her first novel for young people, The Luckiest Scar on Earth, about a 14 year-old snowboarder and her activist father, appeared in 2017. A four-time finalist for the Washington State Book Award, Ana Maria’s essays have appeared in Orion, Ecotone, Sierra, Grist, Brevity, and regularly in High Country News. After working fifteen years on backcountry trail crews, she turned to teaching. In 2020, she served as the William Kittredge Distinguished Writer in Residence in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, and from 2020-2022 as Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at St. Lawrence University. She is delighted to be working in the SLU environmental studies department this year.

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