Isla McKetta

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Isla McKetta is the author of Polska, 1994 from Editions Checkpointed and co-author of Clear Out the Static in Your Attic: A Writer's Guide for Turning Artifacts into Art, published by Write Bloody Publications. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA where she studied under Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Jocelyn Lieu, and Aimee Liu.

Isla has lived on three continents, and makes her home in Seattle.

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Polska, 1994

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So You Want to Talk About Race (I Do)

So You Want to Talk About Race (I Do): What a week it’s been. Seven days ago at this time, my...
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Italo Calvino
“And, thinking of this judgment I would no longer be able to change, I suddenly felt a kind of relief, as if peace could come to me only after the moment when there would be nothing to add and nothing to remove in that arbitrary ledger of misunderstandings, and the galaxies which were gradually reduced to the last tail of the last luminous ray, winding from the sphere of darkness, seemed to bring with them the only possible truth about myself, and I couldn’t wait until all of them, one after the other, had followed this path.”
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“To fall in the void as I fell: none of you knows what that means… I went down into the void, to the most absolute bottom conceivable, and once there I saw that the extreme limit must have been much, much farther below, very remote, and I went on falling, to reach it.”
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“The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.”
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“If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you wont give up. If you give up, you're not worthy. ... Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”
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James Baldwin
“Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch. ”
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Isla McKetta Icess wrote: "Can't wait for the book to come out! Congrats friend. Onward and upward!"

Thanks, Icess! So excited!!!


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Icess Can't wait for the book to come out! Congrats friend. Onward and upward!


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Isla McKetta Helen wrote: "When will you read all the books on your list? Some how I know you will eventually - you are amazing there girl. I'm such a slow reader - it takes me long hours to finish books. My list is overw..."

You're a doll, Helen! I am a very fast reader (sometimes, on a great day, I can read three shortish books), but I never remember ANYTHING. I envy slow readers who absorb and enjoy. My process is more of a driving obsession. Some books, like those on my physical to read shelf, will eventually be dispensed with. Others will serve as reminders of things I meant to think about. And the rest will haunt me until I read them and check them off the list.


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Helen When will you read all the books on your list? Some how I know you will eventually - you are amazing there girl. I'm such a slow reader - it takes me long hours to finish books. My list is overwhelming for me. You rock girl.


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