Elissa Washuta

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Elissa Washuta

Program Director, American Indian Studies; Associate Professor, Department of English


466 Denney Hall
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Creative writing (nonfiction)


  • MFA, Creative Writing (Fiction), University of Washington, 2009
  • BA, English, University of Maryland, 2007

Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. Her essay collection White Magic was selected as a finalist for the PEN/Open Book Award, longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Award, and named among the best books of 2021 by TIME, the New York Public Library, and NPR. She is the author of Starvation Mode and My Body is a Book of Rules, and with Theresa Warburton, she is the co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. Elissa’s honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Creative Capital award, and the Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award.

Selected Publications