June 17, 2019

In late May I left McCarthy on a 1600 mile writing loop. I drove to Haines, camping en route by a lake loud with trumpeter swans. Distributed visitors guides along the way and met some Edible Alaska contacts. The road from Haines Junction to Haines was gorgeou...

December 10, 2018

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit before sunrise on the last day of November. Hollis Mickey reached out with an invitation to several poets to be “poet responders”.

November 9, 2018

I was lucky to see an all-star slate of five indigenous women writers read in Seattle at a joint 49 Writers and Hugo House program—the first foray into out-of-state programming for us. The event launched the debut book of poetry, Roughly for the North, by Carr...

April 30, 2018

Ellensburg, Washington! Who knew. Flew into Spokane and visited family in the area (Eastern WA and North Idaho) before driving west for a full-on poetic immersion. Just what I needed. Had a fantastic time at the Inland Poetry Prowl as one of the featured...

July 7, 2017

For ten consecutive Julys in McCarthy, I’ve felt a certain kind of FOMO that recurs Groundhog Day-style. It’s not so much a fear, though, but a resigned certainty (COMO?) that I’ll miss out on the annual Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series. For...

June 16, 2017

For years before Anchorage was founded, maps of Alaska showed McCarthy and Kennecott, but not Anchorage. While Anchorage eventually grew and grew into Alaska’s largest city, McCarthy’s size has ebbed and flowed. It hasn’t regained the size it had during the co...

June 10, 2017

Strange things do still happen under the midnight sun, like the time just before summer solstice every year when Homer, Alaska—bonafide fishing town at the road’s bitter end—becomes a straight up writing town. Even under normal circumstances, it’s thick with l...

June 2, 2017

Bestselling author Bob Reiss will be back in Alaska for a month as a writer in residence at the Anchorage Museum. Reiss is both a widely-published journalist and a bestselling novelist. His writing has appeared in Outside, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, and Washi...

May 25, 2017

When I first moved to Anchorage, arriving on the hind-end of 2003’s disheveled breakup season, it took a while to warm up to the place. My girlfriend and I had moved up sight unseen. We’d spent time in Southeast, but never Southcentral. Neither of us had cell...

May 18, 2017

My featured profile on Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award winner Patt Garrett was published by the Anchorage Press. Read it here





 Photo by Jeremy Pataky

May 11, 2017

I migrated back to McCarthy on the second of the month. It had only been five weeks since I was last out, but it had—no surprise—completely changed. The snow was gone. The air was warm. The road’s notable features were no longer “glaciers”—frozen, blistered, s...

May 4, 2017

A Conversation with Joan Naviyuk Kane on the new Sherman Alexie Scholarship

Strong ties across culture and the arts link Alaska and New Mexico. A major force behind that is the Institute of American Indian Arts. The school serves over 600 Native and non-Native...

April 27, 2017

Some pleasant déjà vu struck last Thursday, listening to Palmer-based Julie Hungiville LeMay read poems at Indigo Tea Lounge. I saw her read last month in Juneau, too. Her debut book of poetry, “The Echo of Ice Letting Go”, was published this year by Universit...

April 20, 2017

The book title Silent Spring has been taken now for almost 55 years. Were it still available, that phrase could aptly name a book about some muzzled, alternate present moment that many seem eager to foist on us. Rachel Carson’s seminal environmental science bo...

April 13, 2017

April’s half spent, early gulls have been showing up, and the sun is off and running on its night-eating, post-hibernation binge that will last till solstice. Proper spring’s not here yet, but it’s coming on fast. Gravel-crusted snow piles heaped like mine tai...

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