• Heather Aruffo lived in five states and two countries before landing in Alaska, where she is a first year MFA candidate in Fiction at UAF. In a past life, she’s worked as an EMT, lab technician and science writer. She has an ScB in Chemistry from Brown University and is at work on a novel and a collection of short stories
  • 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 received her B.A. in Creative Writing from UC Riverside in 2016. She is now pursuing an MFA in Fiction and is very excited to be living in Alaska, although she has yet to experience -20 degrees. Originally from Atwater, California, she spent her childhood reading fantasy novels, playing water polo, acting in plays, and lightsaber-dueling with her three brothers. She has been working on a historical fiction novel for the past two years and hopes to finish it by the end of her studies at UAF. When she is not working on her novel, she writes plays and short stories about imaginary friends, living statue performers, crows in Ireland, and anything else that comes to mind.
  • Sean Enfield is a writer from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In May 2015, he received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Texas. Since then, he has devoted his daytime hours to educating young writers and and is now pursuing an MFA in Fiction Writing at University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Currently, he is an editor (of all things involving the written word) 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 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.
  • Venus Fultz swapped surviving the 100+ temperatures of Southern California for the -20 and below of Fairbanks, Alaska in order to write a novel. He received her BFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside. Her writing is having an affair with fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and when they finish a piece of fiction he makes sacrifices to celestial beings in the hopes it will be published.  When not writing he bakes and indulges in tragic queer romance. They are currently in pursuit of her MFA in Fiction.

  • Daniel Lyew was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and has lived in Moscow, Monterrey, Beijing, London, St. Paul, Arlington, and now, Fairbanks. He holds an BA in philosophy and mathematics from Macalester College, but after receiving his BA he decided to pursue poetry, a long-held passion of his. When neither writing nor reading, be can be found walking, watching films or online lectures, jamming, or creating strange, uncanny, and sometimes grossly unpalatable concoctions in his kitchen. He doesn’t know the correct pronunciation of his surname.
  • Andrew Luft was brought up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, where he first began his very normal life as a human. He enjoys doing regular human stuff, like riding around in large, metal gas-machines or sitting in front of bright screens to watch other humans do human things. Now he is pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting somewhere in Alaska, far away from the U.S. Capitol because other humans are doing it too, so it’s not suspicious or anything. His completely normal poetry has appeared at aptDriftwood Press, and OPOSSUM, among other places. Andrew currently serves as Editor-in-Chief forPermafrost Magazine and he is absolutely and without a doubt a human. Definitely not an alien. A human.

  • Brandi Jo Petronio Nyberg is a Creative Nonfiction MFA candidate. She has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and is an avid whitewater rafting enthusiast, both of which heavily influence her writing.  She enjoys traversing all of the earth’s surfaces – cracks, craggs, cliffs, canyons, mountains, hills, valleys, cricks, creeks and rivers – with her husband and dog and then writing about her explorations. In her spare time, she makes balms, salves, and soaps for her small company, B.J.’s balms.
  • 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 now—an educator. He’s lived in the Midwest and Deep South and writes stories about Southwest Michigan. He moved to Fairbanks in 2017.
  • Zoë Wise received her B.A. in English with a minor in French from Western Washington University and is currently working towards her MFA in fiction at UAF. Her writing tends to live in the world of the real or the slightly un-real, where she draws inspiration from her childhood, much of which was spent living abroad. During the summer months she can be found in Denali National Park where she enjoys writing stories, exploring the wilderness, and foraging with her corgi, Abbie. Zoë considers herself from Bellingham, Washington and is forever soaked with a love for all things Pacific Northwest.

 

     

     

     


     

    Notable publications by MFA alumni:

     

    Fiction

    • David Abrams
      • Brave Deeds (Grove/Atlantic 2017)
      • Fobbit (Grove/Atlantic 2012). A New York Times Notable Book of 2012
    • Gerri Brightwell
      • Cold Country (Duckworth 2003)
      • The Dark Lantern (Crown 2008)
      • Dead of Winter (Salt U.K. 2016)
      • “Williamsville” (in The Best American Mystery Stories 2017)
    • Hans Burger
      • In Some Sense Innocent (forthcoming from Xi Dragonis Books)
    • Ashley Cowger
      • Peter Never Came (Autumn House Fiction 2011)
    • David Crouse
      • Copy Cats (winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, University of Georgia Press 2005)
      • The Man Back There (winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, Sarabande Books 2008)
    • J. T. Dutton
      • Freaked (HarperTeen 2009)
      • Stranded (HarperTeen 2010)
    • Ian C. Esslemont
      • Night of Knives (Bantam 2010)
      • Return of the Crimson Guard (Bantam 2011)
      • Stonewielder (Bantam 2011)
      • Orb Sceptre Throne (Bantam 2012)
      • Blood and Bone (Bantam 2013)
      • Assail (Bantam 2014)
      • Dancer’s Delight (Bantam 2016)
      • Deadhouse Landing (Bantam 2017)
    • Marie Jaskulka
      • The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy (Sky Pony Press 2015)
    • Len Kamerling
      • Kassileguremiut: The People of Kasigluk in Pictures and Poems (ed. and photos, Alaska Rural School Project 1970)
    • Ben Kostival
      •  Elm & North (Radial Books 2017)
      • The Canyons (forthcoming from Radial Books)
    • Rosemary McGuire (studied in MFA program–did not graduate)
      • The Creatures at the Absolute Bottom of the Sea (University of Alaska Press 2015)

     

    Nonfiction

    • Jennifer Brice
      • Unlearning to Fly (U of Nebraska Press 2007)
      • The Last Settlers (Duquesne University Press 1998)
    • Carolyn Kremers
      • Place of the Pretend People (Alaska Northwest Books 1996)
    • Natalie Kusz:
      • Road Song (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1990)
    • Eva Saulitis
      • Leaving Resurrection (Red Hen Press 2008)
      • Many Ways to Say It (Red Hen Press 2012)
      • Into Great Silence (Beacon Press 2014)
      • Prayer in Wind (Boreal 2015)
    • Sherry Simpson
      • The Way Winter Comes (Sasquatch Books 1998)
      • The Accidental Explorer (Sasquatch Books 2008)
      • Dominion of Bears (University of Kansas Press 2013)

     

    Poetry

    • Iver Arnegard
      • Whip and Spur (Gold Line Press 2014)
    • Melina Draper
      • Lugar de Origen/Place of Origin (with Elena Lafert, Oyster River Press 2008)
      • Later the House Stood Empty (Boreal 2014)
    • Carolyn Kremers
      • Upriver (University of Alaska Press 2013)
    • Jill Osier
      • Bedful of Nebraskas (Sunnyoutside 2012)
      • Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us (winner of the Frost Place Chapbook Prize, Bull City Press 2013).
    • Nicole Stellon O’Donnell
      • Steam Laundry (Boreal 2012)
    • Caitlin Scarano
      • The White Dog Year (chapbook; dancing girl press 2015)
      • The Salt and Shadow (chapbook; Zoo Cake Press 2015)
    • Tricia Yost
      • Factory (Radial Books 2017)
      • First Things (March Street Press 2004)

    Film

    • Len Kamerling
      • Changa Revisited (with Peter Biella, 2015)
      • Ryan Matthews: Basically Me (2014)
      • Maasai Migrants (with Peter Biella, 2013)
      • Strange and Sacred Noise (with John Luther Adams, 2011)
      • Conversations at the Longido Waterhole (with Peter Biella, 2010)
      • In Our Own Image: Alaska Native Doll Makers and Their Creations (2003)
      • Kokoro-o Hagukumu: Heart of the Country (nominated for the Par Lorenze Award at the American Film Institute, 1998)
      • Uksuum Cauyai: The Drums of Winter (with Sarah Elder, 1989; named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2006))
      • Every Day Choices: Alcohol and an Alaska Town (with Sarah Elder, 1985)
      • From the First People (with Sarah Elder, 1978)
      • On the Spring Ice (with Sarah Elder, 1976)
      • At the Time of Whaling (with Sarah Elder, 1975)
      • Atka an Aleutian Village (with Sarah Elder, 1973)
      • Tununerimiut (1972)