Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, Artist Trust, 4Culture, and Potlatch Fund. Elissa is an assistant professor of creative writing at the Ohio State University.


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22 Jan

Applications are now open for two workshops I'll be visiting this summer.

11 Dec

My 2015 chapbook Starvation Mode, originally available as part of the Instant Future eBoo

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27 May

This is the entire list of the essays and interviews I selected while I was Saturday editor for The Rumpus, Febr

19 Jan

I'm joining The Rumpus as Saturday editor.

13 Jan

Red Hen Press is giving away ten copies of My Body Is a Book of Rules via

02 Jan

I'm the nonfiction judge for the International Literary Awards offered by the Center for Women Writers at S

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