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. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Exquisite Vessel: Shapes of Native Nonfiction, forthcoming from University of Washington Press. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, 4Culture, Potlatch Fund, and Hugo House. Elissa is an assistant professor of English at the Ohio State University.


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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