Malia Collins is a writer who grew up in Hawaii and has lived, worked, and traveled around the world. She now lives in Boise with her husband and two children. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Western Idaho. For years she worked as a teaching writer in the Cabin’s Writers in the Schools program and now spends a dreamy week every August teaching at Writers@Harriman. One of her great joys comes from helping young writers find ways to tell their stories and lift up their voices on the page. She’s a teaching artist with the Idaho Commission on the Arts and in partnership last fall with Radio Boise, produced her first podcast. She is currently working as a writer and storyteller on the third iteration of the Voices in Transition Story Quilt Project, a collaboration between the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Artisans 4 Hope.
Malia’s published short stories and essays in a number of literary magazines, has two Hawaiian children’s books, and is currently working on a collection of essays about Hawaii. She loves to swim in the ocean, wander in the mountains, and hike up Table Rock, particularly at sunrise.