Adam Horowitz is Chief Instigator of the U.S.Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. An artist, organizer, and "projectician," Adam has worked with numerous organizations at the intersection of arts, education, and social change—Ashoka, Bowery Poetry Club, The Future Project, among others—and traveled internationally as a performer, musician, and researcher of intercultural barter. Adam was a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia and a 2015 Artist in Residence with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU.
Since SFP 2012, Amanda has continued reading, writing, researching, teaching, presenting, and publishing on all things Canada. She is (still) finishing her dissertation about Alaska, Nunavut, Hawai'i, and Newfoundland. Because she goes to school in the slightly more enlightened country of Canada, she had the opportunity to take two years of maternity leave, and did just that to care for her son. This summer, she'll be going on a research trip to Memorial University in Newfoundland funded by a Smallwood Foundation grant. She has happily stayed in touch with everyone from SFP 2012 and is looking forward to the next reunion in the Bay Area -- or maybe even Alaska!
Pete offers art works to reasonable viewers, sometimes in disguise, but almost always as a call to think about thinking and to bring the senses along for the ride. He arrived in Sitka slowly, wandering and exploring Southeast Alaska by boat until settling in a classroom turned studio, surrounded by the warmth of the Sitka Fellows. Until 2017 he lived and worked in Denmark, occasionally sneaking away for long sailing trips. He now resides in Vermont, not far from the water, where he makes objects that barely function. Through misregistration and friction, his works shelter the possibility of new meanings and reveal unrealized functions. His studio in Copenhagen has been turned into a classroom, and much of his work into material for young artists. Surviving works have recently been shown in New York, Copenhagen, and L.A.
Andrew Lee is devoted to making the world a more efficient place. He is the Founder and CEO of Esper, Inc., a company that makes calendar analysis software which helps companies manage their time more efficiently; Focused on impact, Andrew most recently helped hire the Presidential Innovation Fellows at the White House and the U.S. SBA. He previously sold his startup, JamLegend, to Zynga, where he worked on FarmVille, the successful farming simulation social network game.
Andrew graduated from Claremont McKenna where he was a Rhodes Finalist, Truman and Udall Scholar. He is an advisor to the Creative Action Network, a global community of artists and designers making art with purpose. He enjoys athletics (e.g. yoga), book/movie lists, and story-telling.
Camila Thorndike is a graduate of Whitman College with a BA in Environmental Humanities. A Udall Scholar and a passionate climate change activist, Camila dedicated her time after college to environmental conflict resolution and organizing around land-use planning in the greater Tucson area. She came to the Sitka Fellows Program intending to accelerate the global movement for conservation and clean energy by developing an experiential education program in Chile, modeled in part upon her experience with Whitman College’s Semester in the West program. The connections and conversations Camila shared in Sitka inspired a new direction for her project, and she redirected her focus as Director of Engagement for COAL: The Musical, a theatrical production and collaborative movement that tells the story of climate change. Camila currently lives in Washington D.C. as co-founder of Our Climate and coordinator of CCAN's carbon pricing campaign in DC.
LIZZY STAR BECK
Lizzy Beck is a writer and teacher. As a Sitka Fellow, Lizzy watched salmon, pulled cod collars, and worked on a short novel called Aspersions Everywhere. Since her time in the Sitka Fellows Program, she has raised chickens in Hawaii, grown vegetables in Maine and taught English and creative writing at Buxton School in Williamstown, MA. She lives in New Haven, CT, where she teaches reading and writes poems about salamanders, wildflowers, pregnancy, and snow. Her work has been published in Harpur Palate and the Yale Literary Magazine.
Ross Perlin, writer and linguist, is the author of 2011’s Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy. He has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Washington Post, holds degrees in East Asian Studies and Classics from Stanford, and is fluent in both Yiddish and Mandarin. During his time as a Fellow, Ross worked on the initial stages of a book project centered on the Third World within the United States, grappling with questions about decaying public institutions and the new geography of hardship. In Sitka, Ross gained new perspective on American development and the nature of the frontier, and back in New York, he has been researching the same issues with an evolving focus. Ross also continues to work as a linguist and writer, with recent articles on Chinese culture, Jewish language, and public infrastructure.
Sam Alden, a cartoonist from Portland, Oregon, was fresh out of Whitman College when he joined the 2012 class of Sitka Fellows. In college, he devoted much of his time to developing, writing, and illustrating Eighth Grade, a comic book novel about a group of friends and the drama of unrequited love and sexual awakening that takes place in the final months before middle school’s end. Sam originally workshopped Eighth Grade with cartoonist Craig Thompson at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, and while in Sitka, he completed the novel’s fourth chapter (of a planned six). More recently, Sam has exhibited at the Bilbolbul comics festival in Bologna, his shorter work having recently been published in Italian by Delebile Edizioni. He is also in discussion with publishers about Eighth Grade and is applying for his next residency, in Angoulême, France.