Island Institute Year In Review

  • Posted on: 1 January 2016
  • By: Peter

Looking back, it's been a wonderful year at the Island Institute. It was a year of residencies, of local programs here in Sitka, of celebrating the past of the Institute and planning for the future

One of the more visible changes has been our move to a new home at 304 Baranof St. With a bit more elbow room in the office, a nice corner for our bookmaking gear, an apartment upstairs for our residents, and a public event space for Story Lab (our youth program) and other local events, not to mention a backyard, the new location has opened up loads of possibilities for us.

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.


Upcoming, Current, and Recent Residents

In Sitka
January, 2016 to February, 2016

Anna Carson DeWitt is a writer and photographer from Durham, North Carolina. For the past decade, she has also served childbearing families as a birth doula in Washington DC, Honduras, and North Carolina. Anna holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University.

In Sitka
November, 2015 to December, 2015

Samuel Kolawole was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. He has contributed fiction and non-fiction to several journals and anthologies within and outside the continent. He authored the story collection “The Book of M (Serendipity Books, Nigeria, 2011)

In Sitka
September, 2015 to November, 2015

Kimi Eisele is a dancer/choreographer, director, writer, and visual artist living in Tucson, Arizona. Her work is grounded in explorations of place and environment, creating opportunities for community collaboration, civic participation, and deeper discovery of our connection to nature.