Avanti Alias ’16 (Santa Barbara, BA) was the keynote speaker at “Reaching for the Stars” on April 26, 2018, a fundraising event sponsored by Santa Barbara-based Youth and Family Services (YFS). Avanti is a former foster youth who spent several years in YFS programs, living at Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter and then participating in the My Home program. She talked about her struggles in coming from a family torn apart by domestic violence and then being placed in the foster care system, and praised the My Home program staff for “unparalleled love and supportive compassion,” which she says was crucial to her success.
Marian Blue ’08 (Antioch University Seattle, Communications) recently had her book Sailing off the Hook published by Cyberwit Publishing. This collection of twenty short stories involves characters who abandon traditional methods of making decisions, developing relationships, enjoying life, and discovering the magic in life. “These short stories, not about sailing, cover decades of writing that has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies,” says Blue. “Most reflect my continued interest in magic realism and fantasy.” Blue’s award-winning writing (journalism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) has appeared internationally for 45 years. She’s published in newspapers, magazines, and books/anthologies (including her own