Samuel Kolawole in Sitka

  • Posted on: 19 November 2015
  • By: Peter

For Samuel Kolawole, these last three months spent in Iowa City have represented "the opportunity of a lifetime". Hailing from Abuja, Nigeria, Samuel was selected as one of 34 writers from around the world to participate in this years International Writers Program at the University of Iowa.

a letter from resident artist Kimi Eisele

  • Posted on: 24 September 2015
  • By: Kimi Eisele

This blog post is a letter of introduction courtesy of Kimi Eisele, current artist in residence at the Island Institute through the support of the Rasmuson Artist Residency Program. She will be here in Sitka until mid-November. 
Dear Sitka,
 I’m enchanted and alive with your offerings. I am originally from Pennsylvania but have lived for the past 18 years in the Sonoran Desert, the most biodiverse desert in the world, but a very dry place (Tucson gets on average 11 inches of rain a year). I am standing on my head in Sitka, a completely different ecosystem, and I dig the view from here.

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Current, Recent, and Upcoming Artist Residents

November, 2017

Kristian Sendon Cordero (poet, fiction writer, essayist, translator, filmmaker; Naga City, Philippines) writes in Filipino, Bikol and Rinconada, and has translated Borges, Kafka, Wilde and Rilke to these languages. Two of his most recent poetry collections received the 2014 National Book Awards; his debut collection of poetry in his three respective languages won the Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award in 2006.

April, 2017

Nina Elder is an artist, adventurer, and arts administrator. She grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico where she cultivated love for the land and curiosity about its use.

April, 2017

As metaphorical expressions inspired by nature, Billy Joe Miller's work elicits possibilities of transformation and discovery. His practice often results in structures, shapes, light and sounds that frame and create contemplative, site-responsive spaces. Operating at an architectural scale, his projects are immersive and multi-sensory.

April, 2017

Jimmy Riordan splits his time between Alaska and Pennsylvania. Riordan’s practice extends beyond the bounds of any specific field or medium.  His projects have involved earth building, augmented reality, letterpress and translation to name a few. All emphasizing research and Riordan's interest in the self-taught and group learning.

April, 2017

Wendy Given is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. With a production of vivid, uncanny contemporary photography, sculpture, drawing and installation, her practice stems from a profound interest guided by nature, myth and magic.

November, 2016

Courtney Sina Meredith (1986–) is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician. Her play Rushing Dolls (2010) won a number of awards and was published by Playmarket in 2012.

September, 2016

Nikki Zielinski joins us in Sitka as the 2016 Rasmuson Foundation Artist in Residence at the Island Institute. Nikki's poetry explores the ways in which experiences of violence, both overt and institutional, shape one’s perception of and interaction with their communities and environments.

April, 2016

Chantal Bilodeau is a New York playwright and translator originally from Montreal. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle – an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that examine the impact of climate change on the eight countries of the Arctic – and the founder of the international network Artists And Climate Change.  

Looking Back

June, 1985

Crossing The Boundaries: Landscape and Language

The Second Annual Sitka Summer Writer's Symposium featuring faculty members Margaret Atwood, Carolyn Forche, Robert Hass, Barry Lopez, Nancy McCleery, Peter Nabokov, and Richard K. Nelson. The theme was "Crossing the Boundaries: Landscape and Language."