S203. The Alaskan Legacy of John Haines

Room 3A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


John Haines (1924-2011) is considered a major American voice as well as a poet and essayist associated with—as Dana Gioia put it—an integrity of life and work. Haines's ability to evoke and embody the North, in his writing and life, influenced many who followed. On this panel, five Alaskan writers at various career stages will comment on Haines's influence, discuss how they’re challenged by (and challenge) his standards and assumptions, and probe their own connections to Alaska and the land.


Nancy Lord, a former Alaska writer laureate, is the author of three collections of short fiction and five books of literary nonfiction, including Beluga Days and Early Warming. She teaches in the University of Alaska Anchorage system and has received numerous residency fellowships.

Carolyn Kremers lives in Fairbanks and teaches at the University of Alaska. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in Ulan Ude, Russia. Her books include Upriver (poetry), Place of the Pretend People: Gifts from a Yup'ik Eskimo Village (memoir), and The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North (anthology).

John Kooistra lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a former commercial fisherman, carpenter, and has taught philosophy at the University of Alaska, Purdue University, and the College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio.

Joan Naviyuk Kane, recipient of 2013 Rasmuson and Native Arts and Cultures Fellowships, is Inupiaq. The Cormorant Hunter's Wife received a Whiting Writers' Award and Hyperboreal received the 2012 Donald Hall Prize. She joins the faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Arts in 2014.

Tom Kizzia is author of two nonfiction books of reporting set in Alaska, Pilgrim's Wilderness and The Wake of the Unseen Object. A graduate of Hampshire College and a former Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford, he worked as a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News 1982-2009.