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Alaska Quarterly Review

Volume 24, No. 1 & 2

Spring & Summer 2007


Drift and Swerve
Samuel Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of the novel Safe in Heaven Dead (HarperCollins, 2003). His stories have appeared in Other Voices, Post Road, The Quarterly, Manoa, StoryQuarterly, and Cimerron Review.

One Owner, Part II:  Won’t Last
        Mike Harvkey

Mike Harvkey won first prize in Zoetrope All-Story’s 2003 Short Fiction Contest. This is his first publication in a national literary magazine.

Son of Captain America
Michael Downs

Michael Downs’ book, House of Good Hope (Bison Books, 2007), won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. His stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, and Five Points.

This Season of Mercy Jack Driscoll

Jack Driscoll’s most recent novel is How Like an Angel (Sweetwater Fiction: Originals, 2005). His stories have appeared in The Georgia Review, Southern Review, Ploughshares, Gettysburg Review, and Missouri Review.

Sex in the Fifties
Ruth Moose

Ruth Moose is the author of two short story collections, The Wreath Ribbon Quilt and Other Stories (St. Andrew’s Press, 1989) and Dreaming in Color (August House, 1989). Her stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, New Delta Review, South Carolina Review, and St. Anthony Messenger.

Falling Through Roy Kesey

Roy Kesey’s novella Nothing in the World won the 2005 Bullfight Review Little Book Prize, and was published in May, 2006. His stories have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, and Quarterly West.

The Geriatric Connection

Marie Sheppard Williams

Marie Sheppard Williams is the author of two short story collections, The Worldwide Church of the Handicapped (Coffee House Press) and The Weekend Girl (Folio Bookworks). She is a frequent contributor to Alaska Quarterly Review.


Lawrence Levine

Lawrence Levine’s play Territory premiered off-off-Broadway at the Bottle Factory Theater and received appreciative reviews from The New Yorker, Backstage, The New York Times, and Timeout New York. This is his first publication in a national literary magazine.


HIDDEN ALASKA: Poetry & Prose 

Editor's Note


Nora Marks Dauenhauer

Nora Marks Dauenhauer is the author of a book of poetry, The Droning Shaman (The Black Current Press) and Life Woven with Song: Poetry, Prose, and Plays (University of Arizona Press). Her poetry and prose have appeared in more than twenty anthologies. She co-edited with Richard Dauenhauer eleven books about Tlingit language and literature.

Graveyard and Bubbles
Susie Silook

Susie Silook’s work has appeared in From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, Nimrod, Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry, and Alaska Native Writers, Storytellers and Orators: The Expanded Edition published by Alaska Quarterly Review.

It Begins in Ice   Eva Saulitis

Eva Saulitis is the author of Leaving Resurrection, a collection of essays (Red Hen Press, 2007). Her poetry and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Connotations, Seattle Review, and in several anthologies.

Refuge Rock: Egg Island, 1764

Jerah Chadwick

Jerah Chadwick is the author of three chapbooks, including The Dream Horse (Seal Press, Seattle) and From the Cradle of Storms (State Street, New York). His first full-length collection, Story Hunger, was released by Salmon Publishing Ltd., Ireland, which issued a second edition in 2005.

A Man Without Legs
John Morgan
John Morgan is the author of three collections of poems and four chapbooks. His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, and more than a dozen anthologies.
The Otter Hunters   
Tom Sexton

Tom Sexton is the author of four chapbooks, including A Blossom of Snow (Mad River), Leaving for a Year (Adastra Press), World Brimming Over (Brooding Heron), and The Lowell Poems (Adastra Press). His third collection, Autumn in the Alaska Range, was published in 2000 by Salmon Publishing Ltd., Ireland.

Ablution Rachel Rose

Rachel Rose is the author of two books, Giving My Body to Science (McGill/Queen’s University Press) and Notes on Arrival and Departure (McClelland & Stewart). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Malahat Review, and The Best American Poetry and other anthologies.

From the Ground
Marybeth Holleman

Marybeth Holleman’s most recent book is The Heart of the Sound: An Alaskan Paradise Found and Nearly Lost. Her work has appeared in the North American Review, Orion, The Christian Science Monitor, Sierra, and The Seacoast Reader.

Ann Fox Chandonnet

Ann Fox Chandonnet is the author of the poetry collections Ptarmigan Valley, Canoeing in the Rain and Auras, and Tendril. Her food history, Gold Rush Grub, was published in 2005 by the University of Alaska Press.

Discovering an Appreciation for Golf in Circle, Alaska
Frank Soos

Frank Soos’ books include Early Yet and Bamboo Fly Rod Suite. His short story collection, Unified Field Theory, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Litany for the Deceased Ernestine Hayes

Ernestine Hayes is the author of Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir (University of Arizona Press, 2006).

Hidden   Holly Hughes
Holly Hughes’ essays and poems have appeared in Crosscurrents, The Midwest Quarterly, Kalliope, and three anthologies, American Zen: A Gathering of Poets, Family Matters: Poems of Our Families, and Steady as She Goes: Women’s Adventures at Sea. 
Erin Coughlin Hollowell

Erin Coughlin Hollowell’s poems have been published in Rainy Day Magazine, Epoch, Cairn, and Inside Passages.

Beluga Song
Mary L.Tony

Mary L. Tony’s poems have been published in the Tundra Times and were selected for anthologies published by Six of her poems were translated into Yup’ik in “Through Yup’ik Eyes.” She has published two books under the pen name Aurora Hardy: Terror at Black Rapids and Ramona’s Gift, which was awarded the 2004 Mary TallMountain Award.

Molly Lou Freeman
Molly Lou Freeman’s poems have appeared in Bellingham Reivew, Colorado Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Seattle Review.
At Fishcamp Renee Singh

Renee Singh’s work has appeared in SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures, RED INK, and Raven Tell Stories: An Anthology of Alaskan Native Writers.

Elusive Lynx
Carol Kaynor

Carol Kaynor has published a book titled Skijor with Your Dog, and articles in Alaska Business Monthly, Alaskafest, Mushing Magazine, and Team & Trail. This is her first essay to be published in a national literary journal.

Ermine in the Woodpile 
Jo Going 

Jo Going is the author of a collection of paintings and poems, Wild Cranes, published by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Bloomsbury Review, New Art Criterion, SECAC Review, Driftwood, and Nimrod.

Harvesting Potatoes
Richard Dauenhauer

Richard Dauenhauer is the author of five collections of poetry. He co-edited with Nora Dauenhauer eleven books about Tlingit language and literature including Haa Tuwunáagu Yίs, for Healing our Spirit: Tlingit Oratory, the winner of the 1991 American Book Award; Haa Kusteeyί, Our Culture: Tlingit Life Stories; Haa Shuká, Our Ancestors: Tlingit Oral Narratives; and Anόoshi Lingίt Aanί Ká, Russians in Tlingit America: The Battles of Sitka, 1802 and 1804, all published by the University of Washington Press.

Identification  Susan Alexander Derrera    

Susan Alexander Derrera has published poems and essays in Our Alaska: Personal Stories about Living in the North (Epicenter), We Alaskans, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Ice Floe, and the Anchorage Daily News.

How It Goes Anne Caston

Anne Caston is the author of the poetry collection Flying Out with the Wounded (New York University Press). Her poems have appeared in Annals of Internal Medicine, The George Washington Review, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, The Southern Poetry Review, and in the anthologies The Long Journey: Poets of the Northwest, New American Poets: A Breadloaf Anthology, and Sustenance & Desire.

Architects of Air Anne Coray

Anne Coray is the author of two poetry collections, Bone Strings (Scarlet Tanager Books) and Soon the Wind (Finishing Line Press), and the chapbook Ivory (Anabiosis). Her poems have appeared in several anthologies and The Southern Review, Poetry, Commonweal, Northwest Review, North American Review and The Women’s Review of Books.

List Michele Harmeling

This is Michele Harmeling’s first publication in a national literary magazine.

Ice Climbing Eric Heyne

Eric Heyne is the author of essays on Alaskan literature and critical theory in Narrative, River Teeth, Modern Fiction Studies, The Northern Review, Updating the Literary West, and Encyclopedia of the Arctic.

Freewriting with My Aldo Leopold Class at the University
Carolyn Kremers

Carolyn Kremers is the author of Place of the Pretend People: Gifts from a Yup’ik Eskimo Village, and co-editor (with Anne Hanley) of The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North.

Nansen in Nome   Elizabeth Bradfield

Elizabeth Bradfield’s poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Field, and Prairie Schooner.

The Farthest Island   Nancy Lord

Nancy Lord is the author of Green Alaska: Dreams from the Far Coast; Beluga Days: Tracking a White Whale’s Truths; and several short fiction collections.

New House on Narrowview Lane Derick Burleson

Derick Burleson’s first book, Ejo: Poems, Rwanda 1991-1994 won the 2000 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, and The Georgia Review.

Noatak Wolves  Susan Campbell 

Susan Campbell’s poems have appeared in PoetryAlaskaWomen, Top of the World, and Shaping the Landscape: A Journal of Writing by Alaskan Teachers.

Hunting Lesson Aleria Jensen

Aleria Jensen’s poetry has appeared previously in Potomac Review and Alaskan Southeaster.

A Winter Fairytale Arlitia Jones

Arlitia Jones’ collection of poems, The Bandsaw Riots, won the 2001 Dorothy Brunsman Award from Bear Star Press. Her poems have appeared in Doubletake, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and in the anthology Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets.

Susan’s Candy Store Seth Kantner

Seth Kantner’s debut novel, Ordinary Wolves, won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and Kantner subsequently received a Whiting Award. His prose has appeared in Outside, Prairie Schooner, Alaska, and Reader’s Digest.

It Was Nothing   Carol Richards

This is Carol Richard’s first publication in a national literary magazine.


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