Hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, this reading series brings a number of writers of national significance to Alaska for readings, lectures, and individual meetings with local aspiring writers.

September 28, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: Rebecca Lindenberg

Rebecca Lindenberg is the author of Love, an Index (McSweeney’s) and The Logan Notebooks (Mountain West Poetry Series), winner of the 2015 Utah Book Award.  She’s the recipient of an Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Fellowship, an NEA Literature Grant, and a seven-month fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work appears in Poetry, The Believer, American Poetry Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the Poetry Editor of the Cincinnati Review, and an Assistant Professor of Poetry at the University of Cincinnati, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.


October 19, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: Anne Valente

Anne Valente is the author of the novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016), and the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, 2014). Her second novel, The Desert Sky Before Us, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in May 2019. Her fiction appears in One Story, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review and The Chicago Tribune, and her essays appear in The Believer, Catapult and The Washington Post. Originally from St. Louis, she currently lives in upstate New York where she teaches creative writing and literature at Hamilton College.


October 26, 7:00-10:00 PM, The Blue Loon: the 27th annual Dead Writers reading

Dress as a dearly departed author. Deliver a brief reading, performance, or spectral channeling. (Spectators also welcome!) Prizes will be awarded to the best, brightest, or most daring. All ticket holders are eligible for door prizes throughout the evening. Proceeds fund the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series. Please note that you must be 21 years of age to attend this event.

Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door


October 27, 7:00PM, Murie Auditorium:  John Straley
(hosted by the University of Alaska Press)

The youngest of five children, John Straley was born in 1953. He received a BA in English and a certificate of completion in horse shoeing. He has brown eyes and likes jokes and a wide variety of literature and music. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of The Curious Eat Themselves and The Woman Who Married a Bear and was appointed the Writer Laureate of Alaska in 2006. John Straley lives with his wife, Jan, a prominent whale biologist, in a bright green house on the beach in Sitka, Alaska, where he works as a criminal defense investigator by day and sleeps, writes, and plays with his band, The Big Fat Babies, whenever he can.


November 16, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: LaTanya McQueen

LaTanya McQueen has been published in West Branch, Pleaides, New Ohio Review, The Arkansas International, The Florida Review, Bennington Review, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, Fourteen Hills, The North American Review, Ninth Letter, New Orleans Review, Indiana Review, Booth, Fugue, Nimrod, War, Literature and the Arts, and other journals. She received her MFA from Emerson College, her PhD from the University of Missouri, was the 2017-2018 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Coe College. She is also the Creative Nonfiction Editor of Gigantic Sequins, a print journal of art and comics. Her essay collection, And It Begins Like This, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.


February 8, 7:00PM, Schaible Auditorium: Susannah Nevison

Susannah Nevison is the author of two collections of poetry, Lethal Theater (Ohio State University Press, 2019), winner of the 2017 The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, and Teratology (Persea Books, 2015), winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book in Poetry Prize. New work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Tin House, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, and The New York Times. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Sweet Briar College.


March 22, 7:30 PM, Reichardt Building 201: Tessa Fontaine

Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, a New York Times Editor’s pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, an Amazon Editors’ Best of the Month featured debut & Amazon Best Books of 2018, an iBooks favorite, and more. She spent the 2013 season performing with the last American traveling circus sideshow, the World of Wonders. Essays about the sideshow won the 2016 AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction, and have appeared in The Rumpus, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Autre, and elsewhere. Other work can be found in Glamour, The Believer, LitHub, FSG’s Works in Progress, Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, [PANK], Brevity, and elsewhere.


April 12, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: Roger Wall
Winner of the 2018 Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction

Roger Wall studied fiction writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing explores the worlds of education, rural development in Africa, small town news, medicine, and grassroots environmental advocacy. During-the-Event is his first novel. He lives in New York and the Catskills.


April 19, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: Nicole Stellon O’Donnell & Rob McCue

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell’s second book, You Are No Longer in Trouble, a memoir-in-flash about being a teacher, a student, and a principal’s daughter is the 2019 selection from the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry. She is the author of Steam Laundry (2012), and her third book, Everything Never Comes Your Way, a collection of poems, is forthcoming from Boreal Books in 2020. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Zyzzyva, Beloit Poetry Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review and other literary magazines. In 2015 she won a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching and she is currently serving a two-year term as a Heinemann Fellow.


Rob McCue is the author of One Water (Red Hen, 2018). He has lived in Alaska for thirty-one years. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, cab driver, construction worker, and backcountry guide. He has spent several years camping in the Alaskan wilderness. He enjoys hanging out in the woods, letting his mind wander, and being with his family. He currently lives with his wife and son outside of Fairbanks.