Professor Creative Writing & Literary Arts Department
MFA, University of Alaska Anchorage; BS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Raise in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, Marybeth Holleman holds degrees in environmental studies and creative writing. Her essays and poetry have appeared in the North American Review, American Nature Writing, National Wildlife, and Alaska Magazine. Her commentaries on environmental issues have aired on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
| ||The Heart of the Sound|
the Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound on Good
Friday 1989, millions of gallons of crude oil swept into the Sound,
poisoning everything in its path. On the fifteenth anniversary of the
spill comes one woman's reflections on the devastation and the larger
implications of that catastrophe.Twining together the destruction of an
ecosystem, the disintegration of her marriage, and her emerging identity
as a new mother, Holleman explores the resiliency of nature - both wild
and human - and the ways in which that resiliency is tested.
| ||Alaska's Prince William Sound|
William Sound is one of Alaska's most visually stunning places. Whether
you're planning a trip there or remembering one, this fascinating and
informative new pocket guide is a must-read. Learn how the Sound was
formed and continues to be shaped by ice fields, glaciers, and storms.
Meet the rich diversity of plants and animals, on land and in the water,
that make their home here. Explore the history of the Native
populations - the Chugach Eskimos and the Athabascans - as well as the
early non-Native explorers. And examine how recent human history (The
1989 oil spill) as well as geologic history (the 1964 earthquake)
altered this dynamic place while only temporarily marring its beauty.
| ||Under Northern Lights|
Under Northern Lights sixteen new essays by Alaska writers are
juxtaposed with works of visual art drawn from the collection of the
University of Alaska Museum. Together they explore multiple dimensions
of Alaska's vast and awe-inspiring landscape, moving beyond familiar
tales and scenes to present a fresh and candid view of human interaction
with the environment.