- David Aubuchon writes one sentence at a time. Sometimes, these sentences turn into fictional stories. When not reading and writing, he plays soccer, board games, racquetball, and table tennis. He holds a BA in English from the University of Missouri.
- Adrianne Blackwood is a third-year grad student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working towards an MFA in Fiction. Originally from Atwater, California, she graduated from UC Riverside in 2016 with a BA in Creative Writing. She enjoys writing plays, experimenting with magical realism, and working on her historical fiction novel, but she loves to read absolutely anything.
- Sean Enfield is a writer from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Texas and is now pursuing an MFA in Nonfiction Writing at University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is also an editor for the Denton collective, Spiderweb Salon. His own writing has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and his work is published in a number of literary journals, including Tahoma Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, F(r)iction Online, Poetry Quarterly, and Vine Leaves. Though he has dabbled in a number of genres, he was once chastised for failing to introduce himself as a poet. He has not made that mistake since. His work can be found at seanenfield.com.
- Born and raised in Southern California, Heather Ezell earned her BA in English literature and creative writing from Colorado College. She works as an editor, book coach, tutor, copywriter, and admissions reader and is pursuing an MFA in fiction. Heather writes both contemporary and speculative young adult novels about unlikable and sometimes creepy girls who make questionable decisions. In March 2018, her debut novel, Nothing Left to Burn, was published with an imprint at Penguin Random House. Her writing has also appeared in The Rumpus and The Leviathan.
- Greg Hindy is pursuing his MFA in creative nonfiction. He was born and raised in Nashua, NH and got his BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University. After spending a few postgrad years walking, working in photography and digging holes to pay rent, he gave up and came to UAF to learn how to read and write, while simultaneously learning how to teach others. He’s known to procrastinate and spend time outside with his dogs.
Michael Kay grew up in southern California and attended Drexel University, Santa Barbara City College, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with an honors degree in English. He has worked as a community organizer for various non-profits, a managing editor for News For Young Advocates Today, and as an assistant for the creative writing center Left Margin LIT in Berkeley. An MA/MFA candidate in literature and fiction, his work has appeared in Blacklist Journal and Writers Room.
Daniel Emerson Lyew was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and has thus far lived in Moscow, Monterey, Beijing, London, Arlington, Saint Paul, and now, Fairbanks, where he is pursuing an MFA in poetry. He received his BA in philosophy and mathematics from Macalester College, and has previously worked as a groundskeeper and meat-packer. Beyond writing and reading, he enjoys cooking, playing guitar and bass guitar, watching films, and shooting hoops with his fellow grad students.
- Alison Miller is a born-and-raised Texas girl who comes to Fairbanks by way of Seattle. She earned her BA in Biology/Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and has since led an eclectic professional life including stints in marketing, waitressing, yoga teaching, nonprofit cancer research administration, and more waitressing. She’s not really sure of much except that she loves words more than anything else. She spends her free time cooking, reading, going for walks with her pitbull Zeus, and contemplating the inevitable heat death of the universe.
- Keely O’Connell grew up on the coast of Maine and took off to have adventures as soon as she could convince the adults in her life to allow it. In her years as a classroom teacher—first in Arkansas, then in rural Alaska—she became highly adept at imparting the basics of algebra to kids who’d rather have been duck hunting. She makes a mean pizza, has an excellent sense of direction, and recently won a wood-chopping contest. Writing nonfiction gives her a dubious excuse to spend her time doing outdoor things that might someday be worth writing about.
- Regan “Reggie” Radotich was born and raised in Valdez, Alaska. A lifelong enthusiast of the fantastical, his stories mostly existed in the minds of his friends in the form of Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, until he discovered that writing fiction was actually an academic discipline. Since attaining a BA in Communication from UAF in 2018, he has traveled to 10 countries, swam with wild dolphins, and performed in a vaudeville show.
- Ryan Shek is an MFA candidate in fiction. A graduate of Western Michigan University, he’s worked as a journalist, a factory hand, a farmer, a dishwasher, an editor and an educator. He’s lived in the Midwest and Deep South and writes stories about Southwest Michigan. His work has appeared in Bat City Review, Stonecrop Magazine and Bridge Eight Press.
- Susan Sugai began taking creative writing classes at UAF in 2015 after retiring from UAF, where she was an oceanographer, instructor, and research administrator for 30 years. Having spent her entire career living off soft money (extramural grant funding), she needs deadlines to be “creative,” isn’t discouraged by rejection, and knows she’s in her final race against obsolescence.
- Rebecca Wood is an MFA student in fiction at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in creative writing from Arizona State University. Rebecca worked for a rural school district in northern Arizona before making the drive to Alaska in August 2018. She writes fiction and poetry, mostly about the desert places of her home.