Malia Collins

Assistant Professor

M.A. (University of Hawaii at Manoa); M.F.A. (Boise State University); Instructor of English since 2012

Malia grew up in Hawaii and after leaving home for the wilds of Wisconsin where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Journalism from Beloit College. She spent a few years traveling and living abroad until going back home to Kailua, Oahu to get her Master’s in Literature at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After finishing her degree she moved to Grenoble, France on a Rotary Ambassadorial scholarship to study French Literature at L’Universite Stendhal. It was there that she fell in love with snow and skiing. Shortly after returning to the States, she made a three-day stop in Boise to say hello to her grandparents. That was in 1999 and she’s been here ever since. She lives in Boise with her husband and two children.

Malia’s published short stories in a number of literary magazines, has two Hawaiian children’s books, and is currently working on a guide to Hawaiian Culture as well as a novel. She loves to swim in the ocean, walk Kailua Beach, and hike up Table Rock, particularly at sunrise.