Creative Writing and Literary Arts
Ernestine Hayes is a member of the Wolf House of the Kaagwaantaan Clan of the Lingit. Her book, Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir, won a 2007 American book Award, was a HAIL (Honoring Alaska Indigenous Literature) recipient, and was a finalist for the 2007 Kiriyama Prize and the 2007 PEN Creative Non-Fiction Award. She is the author of other published work in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Ernestine moderated and presented "Tlingit Literature" at the 2009 Tlingit Clan Conference. She presented "The Negotiation of Identity in Alaska Native Transitional Generations (Oral History in Written Work) at the American Anthropological Association Annual Conference November (Fall 2008). She was also a featured writer for University of Alaska Southeast's Journal, Tidal Echoes, where her poetry, nonfiction, and fiction appeared. Short Short was included in BellaOnline Literary Review "Eighteen Messages" (Fall 2008). Professor Hayes delivered a lecture, "What Shall We Do with Our Histories?" at the International Polar Year, Nome, Alaska (Spring 2009). Grandmother of four, she currently teaches at the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus.