Creative Writing and Literary Arts
MFA, University of Alaska Anchorage; BA, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Sherry Simpson has published essays, columns, articles, and book reviews in a variety of literary journals, anthologies, magazines, and newspapers. When not exploring her own connection to the land, she accompanies wildlife biologists as they tag bears threatened by massive clear-cut logging in Tongass National Forest, use radio telemetry to track the ubiquitous moose, and cruise alleys behind fast-food restaurants to puzzle over the behavioral eccentricities of ravens.
| ||Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska|
The relationship between bears and humans is ancient and ongoing and, in Alaska, profoundly and often uncomfortably close. A huge number of North America's bears live in Alaska and nearly every aspect of Alaskan society reflects their presence, from hunting to tourism marketing to wildlife management to urban planning.
| ||The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska|
Alaska is a place of great adventure and exploration. After having lived in the Great Land for nearly all of her life, Simpson realized that she had not scaled mountains, trekked across wild tundra, or blazed trails through virgin forests. Did that fact make her less of an Alaskan? In the series of essays that comprise The Accidental Explorer, she recounts the experiences of an ordinary woman confronting the great expanses of water and untracked land in Alaska.
| ||Glacier Bay National Park|
A coffee-table style book with 120 photos of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve paired with eleven essays by award winning Sherry Simpson. The book also contains a six-page history with 20 vintage photos.
| ||The Way Winter Comes|
A profoundly considered, lyrically wrought, refreshingly hands-on survey of the disappearing frontier in America's wildest state. It's Simpson's objectivity and intellectual curiosity that distinguish the eight pieces, which mix personal essays with reportage.
| ||Alaska's Ocean Highways|
Kelley's photographs take the readers on an armchair journey thought the Inside Passage, a thousand miles of natural wonders. Simpson chronicles a trip along the romantic mainline route from Bellingham to Skagway, as well as describing the seagoing life of crew members, the history of the ferry system, and the character and charm of rural ferry routes.