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Sharman Apt Russell

Title: Professor
Office Location: Light Hall 207
Campus Phone: 6345
E-Mail Address: russellsa@wnmu.edu
Website: www.sharmanaptrussell.com

Degrees: MFA - University of Montana; BS - University of California, Berkeley
Date began at WNMU: 1981

Community Involvement: Founder and director of Alimento para el Nino, a school-based food pantry program for children in Grant County; president of conservation organization, Upper Gila Watershed Association; member of Mayor’s Advisory Council on Climate Change

Book Publications:

  • Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist (Basic Books, 2008)
  • Hunger: An Unnatural History (Basic Books, 2005)
  • An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect (Perseus Books, 2003)
  • Anatomy of a Rose (Perseus Books, 2001)
  • The Last Matriarch (UNM Press, 2000)
  • When the Land was Young: Reflections on American Archaeology (Addison-Wesley, 1996)
  • The Humpbacked Fluteplayer (Knopf, 1994)
  • Kill the Cowboy : A Battle of Mythology in the New West (Addison-Wesley, 1993)
  • Songs of the Fluteplaye r (Addison-Wesley, 1991)

Teaching Experience

  • Sharman Russell began teaching writing skills at WNMU in 1981. Many of her classes now are online.
  • Along with the classes she teaches here at WNMU, Ms. Russell also teaches graduate students in the low-residency MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles.
  • Professor Russell has been a guest speaker and visiting writer at numerous regional and national conferences.

Awards and Honors

  • Writers at Work Fellowship Winner in Nonfiction, Park City, Utah, 1989
  • Henry Joseph Jackson Award in Nonfiction, San Francisco, CA, 1989
  • Pushcart Prize, essay "Illegal Aliens" published in Pushcart Prize Anthology XV, 1990
  • 1992 Mountain and Plains Booksellers Award for Songs of the Fluteplayer
  • 1992 New Mexico Presswomen's Zia Award for Songs of the Fluteplayer
  • 2001 WNMU Research Award in Excellence
  • 2002 Rockefeller Foundation Residency, Bellagio, Italy
  • 2003 76/BookSense award for Obsessions with Butterflies
  • 2003 PEN Judge for Children's Literature
Member of American Academy of Arts and Letters

 

 

 

 

 

 

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