Visiting writers for 2017-18 included:
Nancy Lord: Nancy’s work is informed by a deep connection to the landscape and cultures of coastal Alaska and northern communities. She served as the Alaska Writer Laureate from 2008-10 and is the author of ten books, including most recent pH: A Novel. She lives in Homer and teaches writing at the Kachemak Bay campus in University of Alaska, Anchorage’s low-residency MFA program, and in the Johns Hopkins graduate science writing program.
Emily Wall is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Alaska. She has been published in a number of literary journals in the US and Canada, most recently in Prairie Schooner and Alaska Quarterly Review. She has two books published with Salmon Poetry: Liveaboard and Freshly Rooted. Emily lives and writers in Douglas, Alaska.
Ian C. Esslemont is the author of many novels set in the fantasy world of Malaz including Dancer’s Lament (2016), Assail (2014), Orb Sceptre Throne (2012), Stonewielder (2011), and the forthcoming Deadhouse Landing. He is from Winnipeg, Canada but now lives in Fairbanks with his wife and three sons.
Frank Soos taught English and creative writing at UAF from 1986-2004. He lives in Fairbanks with artist Margo Klass. His books include Double Moon: Constructions and Conversations (with Margo Klass), Under Norther Lights: Writers and Artists on the Alaskan Landscape (co-edited with Kes Woodward), and the story collections Bamboo Fly and Rod Suite, Unified Field Theory, and Early Yet.
Gail diMaggio is a writing teacher and poet living in Concord, New Hampshire. Her work has appeared most recently in Salamander, Slipstream, Tishman Review, ELJ, and Magma. Her collection Swimming to Texas is the winner of the 2017 Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry, selected by judge Jericho Brown.
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.