Portrait of Josephine Ensign

Josephine Ensign

Josephine Ensign is a writer and a nurse with a focus on health inequities for people marginalized by poverty and homelessness. Ensign is the author of Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net, Soul Stories: Voices from the Margins, and most recently, Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She has had writing residencies at Hedgebrook, Centrum, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Mesa Refuge.

Artist Support Program 2023: Skid Road/Way Home Oral Histories and Podcasts

Artist Support Program 2015: Produce a series of oral histories with Seattle-area homeless service providers and activists for a digital storytelling project on health and healing in the context of homelessness.

2013 Writers Program

Sound Clips
  • Josephine Ensign - Skid Road
  • Josephine Ensign - Skid Road book cover
    Josephine Ensign - Skid Road Oral Histories
  • Josephine Ensign - Portrait
    Soul Story – Josephine Ensign