We just wrapped up our 2015-2016 program year at the end of August, and thought we'd offer a recap of all we've been up to.
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 in April, talking about climate; the room was full and the conversation was lively. Outside, the berries were blooming and the snow was gone. Ketchikan was the third stop of the Tidelines Journey, a nine-town ferry tour organized through my work at the Island Institute, a Sitka based nonprofit dedicated to fostering resilience by promoting creative, collaborative explorations of the connections between place and community. I was traveling for the month with a group of storytellers, artists, and culture bearers, all of us working in our own ways to better understand the relationship between the changing climate and our changing cultures. A week into the tour it was becoming clear that other people in Southeast Alaska are as preoccupied with climate change as I am...
Current, Recent, and Upcoming Residents
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.
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.
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)