R243. Writing the Midnight Sun: A Boreal Books Reading and Discussion

Room LL5, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
Thursday, February 27, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Now in its 7th year, Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, publishes literature and fine art from Alaska. Please join four Boreal poets and the imprint’s editor for a reading and discussion. You’ll hear from a lyrical lesbian electrician, a poet whose work spans both Americas, a writer whose house overlooks Kachemak Bay’s eagles and otters, and a novelist in verse whose book is set in Gold Rush days.


Peggy Shumaker's newest book Is Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica. Her memoir is Just Breathe Normally. She has served as Alaska State Writer Laureate and edits the Alaska Literary Series and Boreal Books, publishing literature and fine art from Alaska. She teaches at RWW, the MFA at Pacific Lutheran University.

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell is the author of Steam Laundry. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Bellingham Review. She received an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation. She is a columnist and editor for Literary Mama.

Melina Draper is the author of two books, Later the House Stood Empty and Place of Origin-Lugar de Origen, co-authored with her mother, Argentine writer Elena Lafert, and a chapbook, What Better Place than This? She received an individual artist grant from the Rasmuson Foundation in 2012.

Erin Coughlin Hollowell is the author of Pause, Traveler, a book of poetry. Her poetry appears in various literary magazines, including Alaska Quarterly Review and Sugar House Review. A recipient of a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship, she is an adjunct at the Kenai Peninsula College.

Susanna J. Mishler's poems have appeared in the Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, and Mid-American Review. Her collection of poems, Termination Dust, was released this year. She is an electrician in Anchorage, Alaska.


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