Marybeth Holleman

Marybeth Holleman
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 SoundThe Heart of the Sound

When 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 Alaska's Prince William Sound

Prince 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

In 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.