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Elissa Washuta
Elissa Washuta (Cowlitz) has been a part of the American Indian Studies Department since 2007, and in 2010, she became the departmentís academic counselor. Previously, she worked as an office assistant for AIS in while studying Creative Writing at the University of Washington. In 2009, Elissa began working as an assistant teacher for AIS.

Elissa received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington in 2009, and her B.A. in English from the University of Maryland in 2007.

Active in the Seattle literary community, Elissa has served as organizer of a monthly open mic at Richard Hugo House; served as a curator for Castalia, the literary series of the UW M.F.A. program in Creative Writing; and worked as Richard Hugo Houseís youth program coordinator. She has performed her writing at many venues around (and beyond) Seattle, including Bumbershoot. Her first book, a memoir entitled My Body is a Book of Rules, will be published by Red Hen Press in 2014.

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Elissa Washuta teaches:
AIS 102 - Introduction to American Indian Studies
AIS 360 - American Indians in Cinema
AIS 377 - Contemporary American Indian Literature: