Writer and editor Margot
Kahn and contributing writer Elissa Washuta will read from and discuss their
essays from This
Is the Place: Women Writing About Home, a collection the New York Times Book
"could not be timelier." Kahn will discuss the making of the book and discuss with
Washuta some of the central themes of the 30 essays about homemaking,
homelessness, immigration, gentrification, and more. In the Quiet Reading
Margot Kahn is the author of the biography Horses That Buck and the co-editor, along with Kelly McMasters, of the anthology This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Tablet, River Teeth, High Desert Journal, The Los Angeles Review, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood and Publishers Weekly, among other places, and have been anthologized in You: An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person and Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Margot holds an MFA from Columbia University. A former program manager for Richard Hugo House and Seattle Arts & Lectures, she lives in Seattle with her husband and son.
Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. 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.