Travel and Study
GAYLA MARTY, Minneapolis, Minnesota, will travel to Tunisia, North Africa, to conduct research for a book about identity, culture, and community change over 30 years, with a focus on shared meals, immersion in Arabic language, visits to archaeological sites, and interviews. Marty will interview people she met over 30 years ago while a journalism exchange student. She became a creative writer as a result of her stay. Marty believes that her past experience, coupled with a contemporary trip, will add a richness and complexity to her writing, which may take the form of a second full novel, a collection of essays, short stories, or a memoir, a logical sequel to her memoir about the transformation of US agriculture in the 20th century.