Our programs strengthen community through literature, story, and conversation.

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Sitka Sentinel story on Nikki Zielinski

Shannon Haugland wrote this story for the Sitka Sentinel about Island Institute poet-in-residence Nikki Zielinski. The story appeared on Oct 28, 2016.  For centuries fairy tales have been used to introduce and address difficult subjects to children and adults. But...

Ferry tour recap: What We Talk About When We Talk About Climate

This article was written by Island Institute Director Peter Bradley for publication in the Capital City Weekly at the end of June. For more information about the 2016 Tidelines Ferry Tour, visit www.iialaska.org/tidelines.  We were at the Fish House in Ketchikan early...

About the Island Institute

For almost three decades, the Island Institute’s varied programs have explored social, environmental, and cultural questions of local and global concern. Our work falls into two broad categories: Fostering a Language of Place and Community and Fostering Community Well-Being.

The program that launched the organization—the Sitka Symposium—involved us deeply in language and story—essential tools we use to understand the world and tell each other about it. Threads of relationship between story, place, and community were constants in Symposium discussions. We broadened our interest in these relationships by adding our Resident Fellowsprogram for writers and our literary journal Connotations. With all these literary programs we were interested in fostering a language of place and community.