The Northern Imagination: A Reading

Room 430, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Alaska’s contemporary literature reflects richness of experience, ancestral ties to the land, and appreciations for history and heritage, culture, and the complexities of our modern world. It also relies on creativity and imaginative leaps to make life in the north “real.” Five Alaskan writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will briefly put their recent work into context before reading from it.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline.pdf



Daryl Farmer's first book, Bicycling beyond the Divide, received a Barnes and Noble Discover Award. His recent work has appeared in many journals including The Whitefish Review, The Potomac Review, Hayden's Ferry, and Fourth River. He is an assistant professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Nancy Lord is the author of environmental- and science-related books including the nonfiction Early Warming and Beluga Days and the novel pH. She teaches science writing for Johns Hopkins University and is a former Alaska Writer Laureate.

Annie Wenstrup received her MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast (Summer 2022). She's a Smithsonian Arctic Studies Fellow and an Indigenous Nations Poetry Fellow. She serves on the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference Advisory Committee.

Laureli Ivanoff, an award-winning journalist and columnist, writes from her hometown in Unalakleet. Published in the New York Times with a current High Country News column, she is writing a memoir sharing history of settler colonialism in Alaska and how it ripples into her life as an Inupiaq woman today.

Tom Kizzia is author of three nonfiction books set in Alaska: Cold Mountain Path, Pilgrim's Wilderness, and The Wake of the Unseen Object. He has written for The New Yorker and the Columbia Journalism Review, and was an Anchorage Daily News reporter for twenty-five years. He lives in Homer, Alaska.


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