- Idaho Commission on the Arts
"Collins writers splendid prose full of warmth and vivid imagery," wrote members of the ICA's out-of-state judging panel, which selected Collins. "She braids the personal and cultural beautifully and gives voice to characters we haven't heard or seen before."
A native of Hawaii, Collins now lives in Boise and teaches English and creative writing at the College of Western Idaho. She also taught with The Cabin's Writers in the Schools program. According to an ICA press release, Collins' work with literary nonprofits and arts organizations, as well as her literary accomplishments, impressed the judging panel.
The writer-in-residence program with ICA is the Gem State's highest literary award, and comes with a $10,000 stipend, and during Collins' two-year term, she will have to conduct four readings yearly at locations across the state. In accepting the residency, she joins some of Idaho's most illustrious literary figures, like Anthony Doerr (2007), author of All the Light We Cannot See; poet Diane Raptosh (2013) and Christian Winn (2016), author of Naked Me.