This December, Itto and Mekiya Outini, alumni of the U of A’s Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, launched their long-awaited blog. date keeperIn addition to showcasing Outinis’ work, this blog serves as a platform to improve the lives and work of people with disabilities around the world.
A Fulbright Scholar, Itto graduated from U of A in 2020 with a Master of Arts in Journalism and Strategic Media. The following year, she founded Fulbright Disabled, a global virtual chapter of the Fulbright Association. That same year, she was accepted for an internship at the United Nations Development Programme. In 2022, after completing this internship, she was awarded the prestigious Fulbright in the Classroom grant and hosted three webinars to share information about Fulbright with an underrepresented group of students. . She is currently the Accessibility Outreach Manager at AudioEye, an industry-leading digital accessibility company, dedicated to breaking down barriers and making virtual worlds more accessible to all through public speaking, storytelling, and more. , enjoys the opportunity to integrate creative problem-solving skills. .
I got my MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from U of A in 2019 and spent the next two years writing and revising novels. ash, ash, which is set in Fayetteville. The manuscript has been selected as a finalist or semi-finalist in several competitions, including his Chanticleer Somerset Awards in 2021, and Mekiya is actively seeking agents and publishers. His short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in publications such as: chautauqua, Michigan Quarterly Review When Willow Springsand the first two chapters of ash, ash Featured in west trade reviewHe has also written and edited for journalism outlets such as; Ability magazinean international publication that uses a celebrity-led model to advance the work of people with disabilities, advocates and allies around the world.
Outinis is excited to launch date keeper Harnessing the power of storytelling to enrich the international conversation about disability with a distinctive combination of nuance, humor, journalistic rigor and a narrative philosophy centered around personal accomplishments, professions and dreams.
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