Deb Vanasse

Alaska, United States

Deb Vanasse is the author of several books for children and adults, most recently Cold Spell, of the Alaska Literary Series, University of Alaska Press. Formerly on faculty at the University of Alaska Kuskokwim and Fairbanks campuses, Deb is a graduate of the Humanities program at California State University Dominguez Hills and co-founder of the 49 Alaska Writing Center in Anchorage.


Twitter Username: @debvanasse


  • A Distant Enemy , Penguin/Lodestar (January 1, 2012)
  • Out of the Wilderness , Houghton Mifflin/Clarion (January 1, 1999)
  • Lucy's Dance , University of Alaska Press (January 1, 2011)
  • Black Wolf of the Glacier , University of Alaska Press (January 1, 2012)
  • Cold Spell , University of Alaska Press (August 15, 2014)
  • No Returns , Running Fox Books (February 12, 2014)


  • Instructor; Associate Professor at University of Alaska, Kuskokwim and Tanana Colleges (August 2012 - September 2012)
  • Program Director, Executive Director at 49 Alaska Writing Center (May 2010 - January 2012)


  • Bachelor of Science in English from Bemidji State University (November 2012)
  • Master of Arts in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills (June 2012)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature