Mita Mahato is a cut paper, collage, and comix artist and educator living in Seattle—the unceded ancestral homeland of the Duwamish People. She assembles fragments of used and discarded materials in poetic experiments that dramatize entangled processes of death and renewal, specifically within the context of ecosystemic loss under capitalism. Her collected book of poetry comix, In Between, is listed in The Best American Comics: The Notable Comics of 2019. Other works are published in Iterant, Shenandoah, Coast/No Coast, ANMLY, AModern, Illustrated PEN, and Drunken Boat, and her current book-in-progress is supported by a CityArtist Project Grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.
A career educator, Mahato is currently Associate Curator of Public and Youth Programs at the Henry Art Gallery and Affiliate Faculty with the School of Art at the University of Washington. She serves on the board for the arts organization Short Run Seattle, and teaches classes to all ages with various community organizations.