Essay White City by Elissa Washuta is now available

Fremont Bridge writer-in-residence Elissa Washuta’s essay White City is now available for everyone to read. In addition, a podcast of Washuta reading an excerpt of the essay at the Seattle Public Library‘s Central branch is available here.

Elissa Washuta was commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), to be the writer-in-residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge from June through August 2016. While in the tower, she researched, and wrote, White City a literary work, based on the history of the Puget Sound, including the lives of this region’s first peoples, the “landscape surgery” that defined the creation of Seattle’s waterways for purposes of commerce and industry, and the city of rapid change that we experience today.

Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a writer of personal essays and memoir. She is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her work has appeared in SalonThe Chronicle of Higher EducationBuzzFeed, and elsewhere. Elissa holds an MFA from The University of Washington and currently serves as the undergraduate adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and a nonfiction faculty member in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Elissa has received fellowships and awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, Potlatch Fund, and Hugo House. Born and raised in New Jersey, she called Seattle home for the last ten years, and will join the faculty at Ohio State University in the Fall of 2017.

Please join us for a special reading by Elissa Washuta, Seattle’s Fremont and the Centerless Universe

Saturday, February 18, 2017; 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Elissa Washuta was selected by the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), to be the writer-in-residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge from June through August 2016. This residency project was funded by SDOT’s 1% for Art Funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture. While in the tower she researched, and wrote a literary work, based on the history of the Puget Sound. Washuta will present an excerpt from her writing, and discuss her residency with local writer Anca Szilagyi.

Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a writer of personal essays and memoir. She is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. Washuta holds an MFA from The University of Washington and currently serves as the undergraduate adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and a nonfiction faculty member in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Anca Szilagyi is a Brooklynite living in Seattle. Her fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Jewish in Seattle, Kirkus, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Made at Hugo House, Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction.”

Join Fremont Bridge writer-in-residence, Elissa Washuta at Ophelia’s Books

Come join us at Ophelia’s for their first hours event! They’ll be open later than usual, have refreshments, a reading, and a sale!

Friday, August 19, 2016, 7-9 p.m.
Ophelia’s Books
3504 Fremont Ave. N.,
Seattle, WA 98103
More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1735873899984010/


Elissa Washuta will be reading this month. She was awarded the Fremont Bridge writing fellowship for the summer, partly in conjunction with the ship canal’s 100-year anniversary. A writer of nonfiction, her first volume, My Body Is a Book of Rules, was published by Red Hen in 2014, followed by her e-book, Starvation Mode, in 2015 on Instant Future. She’s been hard at work on a new book, both in the Fremont Bridge and at various retreats over the summer. An East Coast transplant with PNW roots in the Cowlitz tribe, of whom she’s an active member, she writes consistently on Northwest Native American perspectives, through an interdisciplinary blend of historical analysis and memoir.