The Idaho Commision on the Arts has named Malia Collins the state’s latest Writer in Residence. 

Collins is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the College of Western Idaho in the Boise area. She has published short stories, essays, and two Hawaiian children’s books, and is currently working on a collection of essays. 

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, according to a news release from the commission. The panel was impressed by Collins’s service in the writing community; for years she worked as a teaching writer with The Cabin’s Writers in the Schools program and she teaches at Writers at Harriman. She has worked with refugees and is a teaching artist with the arts commission.  

Collins is a native of Hawaii and has lived and traveled around the world. She moved to Boise in 1999.

Writer in Residence is the highest literary recognition accorded an Idaho writer. Collins will receive $10,000 and serve a two-year term, starting July 1, during which she will give at least four readings annually throughout the state. 

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