A Letter from Nancy Lord

As we approach the Island Institute Retrospective on March 21stwe're posting letters from people who have crossed paths with the Institute over the years. This note is from Nancy Lord, a Resident Fellow. 

Dear Carolyn and Dorik,

I regret that I can’t be with you for the Retrospective Weekend, but I will be with you in spirit! 

I hardly need to tell you how influential The Island Institute has been over the years to the conversation so many of us have shared about values, the importance of language, and stewardship of our place(s).  The symposiums (four or five) that I attended over the years introduced me to so many gifted and generous people, both faculty and other participants.  

A Letter from Natasha Tarpley

As we approach the Island Institute Retrospective on March 21stwe're posting letters from people who have crossed paths with the Institute over the years. This note is from Natasha Tarpley, a Resident Fellow. 

I just wanted to let Carolyn and Dorik know that my residency in Sitka was life-changing. I had never experienced nature in the way that I was able to in Sitka, and I had never before lived in such a small and welcoming town. I found that both of these elements are things that inspire me and provide a sense of peace in my life.

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Current, Recent, and Upcoming Artist Residents

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

Allison Warden is an Iñupiaq interdisciplinary artist born in Fairbanks, Alaska with close ties to Kaktovik, Alaska.  She is also known by her rap persona, AKU-MATU.  Her most recent show, “Let Glow” debuted at the Bunnell Street Art Center as part of an artistic residency in March 2014.

April, 2016

Animals and their relationships with humans, explored from various intellectual and philosophical angles whether emotional, sustenance, or environmental, is a long recurring thread in her works.

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.  

April, 2016

Teri Rofkar, whose Tlingit name is Chas' Koowu Tla'a, was born into the Raven Clan. As a young child, she was exposed to traditional methods of weaving by her grandmother. While too busy and impatient at the time to sit down and weave, these experiences later inspired her to seek out elders in her community to learn these techniques.

April, 2016

Lgeik'i is travelling with the Tidelines tour as a culture bearer and language warrior. She is joined by two young leaders - Mary Jack and Cecilia George - from Hoonah High School and her three amazing children, Shgate (Ava), Wandatan (Sophie), and Deit Xoon (RJ). 

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.