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.


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.