Fundraiser challenge starts to name Storyknife house after Saulitis

Poet Peggy Shumaker and her husband Joe Usibelli announced they would like to name the Storyknife main house after poet, writer and teacher Eva Saulitis. The cost of the house is $250,000, and Shumaker and Usibelli will match every dollar donated two-to-one.

Saulitis died in 2016 of breast cancer. A teacher at Kachemak Bay Campus and the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, Saulitis wrote several books of poetry, a memoir, “Into Great Silence,” and a series of essays about dying, “Becoming Earth.”

Founded by Homer writer Dana Stabenow, Storyknife offers writing residencies to women. The first Storyknife fellow was Kim Steutermann Rogers.

Storyknife is in the process of raising funds for cabins, a main house and an endowment to keep the program going. For more information on the program and on how to donate, visit





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