Elissa Washuta Discusses 'Seattle's Fremont and the Centerless Universe' at The Seattle Public Library Feb. 18
release date: 02/15/2017
Elissa Washuta, the artist selected to write in the Fremont Bridge's northwest tower last summer, will present portions of her literary work based on the history of the Puget Sound from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.
Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $7.
During 2016's summer months, Washuta used the northwest tower of Seattle's Fremont Bridge as a private office from which she researched and wrote a literary work based on the history of the Puget Sound region, paying special attention to Seattle's waterways, bridges and spirits.
Washuta will discuss her Fremont Bridge residency with local writer Anca Szilagyi and present part of her work from the residency.
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 a Master of Fine Arts 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. This residency project was funded by Seattle Department of Transportation's 1% for Art Funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.
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 more. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Made at Hugo House, Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4Culture and Artist Trust. The Stranger hailed Szilagyi as one of the "fresh new faces in Seattle fiction."
This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture and University Book Store. Books will be available for purchase and signing.