Writer in Residence Reading
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Writer in Residence Reading on August 23rd has been canceled. We anticipate rescheduling in the fall. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Writer Malia Collins has been named Idaho Writer in Residence by the Idaho Commission on the Arts for 2020-2021. On Friday, August 23rd, at 7 pm, a reading at the Bishops’ House in Boise will kick-off her term. Collins, 2020 Literature Fellows Peter Chilson, Samantha Silva, Joel Wayne and CL Young as well as former Writer in Residence Christian Winn, will present work at the reading. The event is free and open to the public.
Writer in Residence Malia Collins is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Western Idaho and is a teacher at Writers at Harriman. Collins has published short stories, essays, and two Hawaiian children’s books, and is currently working on a collection of essays. She is a teaching artist with the Idaho Commission on the Arts and has worked as a story gatherer on the Story Quilt Project, a collaboration between the Commission and Artisans For Hope. Collins’s application was reviewed anonymously by a panel of out-of-state judges and was selected based on writing samples, professional accomplishments and audio samples of her reading from her work
Peter Chilson lives in Moscow, Idaho and teaches writing and literature at Washington State University. His essays and fiction have appeared in The American Scholar, Ascent, Consequence, Fourth Genre, High Country News, Gulf Coast, Foreign Policy, The New England Review, New Letters, and elsewhere. He has written three books on Africa, including We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali. His most recent book is the travel writing guide, Writing Abroad (co-authored with Joanne Mulcahy).
Samantha Silva is an author and screenwriter based in Idaho. Mr. Dickens and His Carol is her debut novel. Over her career she’s sold film projects to Paramount, Universal, New Line Cinema and TNT. A film adaptation of her short story, The Big Burn, won the 1 Potato Short Screenplay Competition at the Sun Valley Film Festival in 2017. Silva graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, where she studied in Bologna, Italy and Washington, D.C.
Joel Wayne is a writer and producer from Boise, Idaho. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Chattahoochee Review, The Moth, and Salon, among other places. He has won the Silver Creek Writer’s Residency, the Lamar York Prize, and is a Pushcart nominee. Wayne produces the NPR-affiliate programs Reader’s Corner and You Know The Place for Boise State Public Radio, and serves as a judge for the annual Scholastic Writing Awards.
CL Young is the author of two chapbooks, including What Is Revealed When I Reveal It to You (dancing girl press, 2018). Her work has appeared in Lana Turner, the PEN Poetry Series, Pinwheel, Sixth Finch, The Volta, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Colorado State University and lives in Boise, where she runs a reading and workshop series called Sema.