Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

Sonora Jha

SONORA JHA, PhD, is the author of the novel The Laughter, forthcoming from Harper Via in February 2023. Her memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son was published in the U.S., India, and Brazil in 2021 and her debut novel Foreign by Random House India in 2013. After a career as a journalist covering crime, politics, and culture in India and Singapore, she moved to the United States to earn a Ph.D. in media and public affairs. Her OpEds, essays, and public appearances have featured in the New York Times, on BBC, and elsewhere. Dr. Jha is a professor of journalism and lives in Seattle, where she also teaches fiction and essay writing for Hugo House, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, and Seattle Public Library. She is an alumna and board member of Hedgebrook and has served on the jury for awards for Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, and Hugo House.