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We’re proud to share several 2020 Pushcart nominations from the MFA community at the University of Alaska Fairbanks:

  • Sean Enfield – “Birthday” (poetry), Thimble Literary Magazine, Volume #2.2
  • Sean Enfield – “Where Were You When Frank Ocean Returned” (nonfiction), COUNTERCLOCK, Issue #7
  • Eric Heyne (faculty) – “Candle Ice” (poetry), Shark Reef, Issue #34
  • Brandi Jo Nyberg – “Vultures” (nonfiction), Border Crossing, Volume #9

Term Assistant Professor Joseph Holt was among the recipients of the 2019 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award. Judge Carmen Maria Machado described his story collection, Your Nightmare, as “raw, dark, and surprisingly funny.” Your Nightmare will be published by SFWP in Fall 2021.





Second-year MFA student Sean Enfield recently published two personal essays. The first, “Song of the South, Reprise,” appears in the new issue of Tahoma Literary Review. It grapples with a legacy of racism, both personal and national, by reflecting on the long-forgotten Disney film Song of the South. An audio recording of “Song of the South, Reprise,” is also available through the Tahoma Literary Review SoundCloud page. The second, “Where Were You When Frank Ocean Returned,” appears in issue #7 of COUNTERCLOCK. In this essay, Enfield narrates his struggles as a middle-school English teacher while exploring his relationship to the elusive R&B singer Frank Ocean. The above link also features a brief recording of Enfield reading the opening paragraphs of the essay.




Associate Professor Daryl Farmer has an essay in the new edition of After the Art, a literary journal that features personal essays and review-essays in response to artworks. The essay, which is titled “The Chapel of Man and All That Endures,” examines physical art in Quito, Ecuador, as well as the landscape of the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile.

Assistant Professor Sara Eliza Johnson had several creative works published this spring. Her poem “Vapor” appears in The Cincinnati Review. Her essay “Thanatophilia: A Travelogue” appears in AGNI. And her essay “Xenomorph,” which is partly about the 1979 movie Alien, appears in Bright Wall/Dark Room.

Joseph Holt‘s essay “Love Running” was recently featured on a “Breakup Reading List” at Longreads. The list also includes essays from Hanif Abdurraqib and Leslie Jamison. The featured works “have allowed me to grieve [and] have given me hope that there are new and unexpected futures ahead,” writes the list curator Jacqueline Alnes.

Second-year MFA student David Aubuchon received a 2019 AWP Intro Journals honorable mention for his story “Finding Lula.” The Intro Journals Project is a literary award series open to MFA students from the 550+ AWP member institutions. David’s story was one of eight winners and honorable mentions selected in the fiction category for 2019.



MFA student Ryan Shek recently had his first fiction publication. His story “Ed’s Baby,” which is about vandalism on a failing cattle farm, appeared in Bat City Review 14 (Spring 2018), edited by Leah Hampton.


Professor Len Kamerling‘s most recent film, Changa Revisited, received a Best International Film Award at the ASTRA International Documentary Film Festival in Sibiu, Romania (October 2016). The film has also appeared at the Nordic Anthropological Film Festival in Bergen, Norway (September 2016); the Jean Rouch International Film Festival in Paris (November 2016); the Royal Anthropological Film Festival in Bristol, UK (March 2017); and the EthnograFilm Festival in Paris (April 2017).





Professor Gerri Brightwell‘s short story “Williamsville” was selected for publication in The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 edited by John Sandford and Otto Penzler. It originally appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review spring & summer 2016.