Joliene Adams is a born-and-raised Portland writer, educator, and devoted multilingual advocate. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Oregon Humanities, Adventure.com, Fodor’s, and Willamette Week, amongst other publications. Find her educating in the WITS program for Literary Arts, teaching writing to international students at Portland State University come summertime, co-coordinating the Northwest Indian Language Institute’s Summer Institute in support of indigenous language revitalization, freelancing, and wrapping up her children’s book. Over twenty years, she has taught film, writing, literature, and various languages in the USA as well as Bolivia, Cuba, and Rapa Nui (Easter Island).
She leads an awe-based lifestyle that trickles into her writing and pedagogy and believes we all thrive best when deeply connected to place. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature, an MA Linguistics with a Language Teaching Specialty, and is a 2023-2024 Atheneum Master Writing Program Fellow in the non-fiction track at The Attic in Portland.
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