Elissa Washuta and Chanda Prescod-Weinstein for WHITE MAGIC

Loyalty is so excited to welcome Elissa Washuta in conversation with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein for White Magic!! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice or you can order the book below to be added to the event's registration list. Donations will go to Sovereign Bodies Institute. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event.


White Magic is magnificent.” —Kristen Arnett

Bracingly honest and powerfully affecting, White Magic establishes Elissa Washuta as one of our best living essayists.

Throughout her life, Elissa Washuta has been surrounded by cheap facsimiles of Native spiritual tools and occult trends, “starter witch kits” of sage, rose quartz, and tarot cards packaged together in paper and plastic. Following a decade of abuse, addiction, PTSD, and heavy-duty drug treatment for a misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, she felt drawn to the real spirits and powers her dispossessed and discarded ancestors knew, while she undertook necessary work to find love and meaning.

In this collection of intertwined essays, she writes about land, heartbreak, and colonization, about life without the escape hatch of intoxication, and about how she became a powerful witch. She interlaces stories from her forebears with cultural artifacts from her own life—Twin Peaks, the Oregon Trail II video game, a Claymation Satan, a YouTube video of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham—to explore questions of cultural inheritance and the particular danger, as a Native woman, of relaxing into romantic love under colonial rule.


Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the Ohio State University.


Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and astronomyand core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of NewHampshire. She is also a columnist forNew ScientistandPhysics World. Herresearch in theoretical physics focuses on cosmology, neutron stars, and darkmatter, and she is active in Black feminist science, technology, and societystudies.Essencemagazine recognized her as one of “15 Black Women Who ArePaving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers.” She has been profiled in severalvenues, includingTechCrunch,Ms. Magazine,Huffington Post,Gizmodo,Nylon, and the African AmericanIntellectual History Society’sBlack Perspectives. A cofounder of the Particles for Justice movement, shehas received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award for her contributions toimproving conditions for marginalized people in physics, as well as the 2021 American Physical SocietyEdward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology.

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Event date: 
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 8:00pm
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ISBN: 9781951142391
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Published: Tin House Books - April 27th, 2021

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Published: Bold Type Books - March 9th, 2021