Christine Byl

Alaska, United States

Member Since: 03/07/2013

Christine Byl is the author of Dirt Work: An Education In the Woods, a finalist for the 2014 Willa Award in non-fiction. Her prose has appeared in The Sun, Crazyhorse and Glimmer Train, among others. A recipient of Rasmuson Foundation and Alaska State Council on the Arts awards, she makes her living doing trail design and construction across Alaska. She lives on a few acres of tundra north of Denali National Park in the shadow of the Alaska Range. She is currently at work on a novel.



  • Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods , Beacon Press (April 16, 2013)


  • Rasmuson Individual Artist Award(2013)
  • Alaska State Council on the Arts Grant(2012)
  • Western Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Masters Thesis Award(2005)
  • Breadloaf Fellowship in Non-Fiction(2013)


  • Trails Specialist & Owner at Interior Trails: Sustainable Trails Contractor (May 2007 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from University of Alaska, Anchorage (April 2005)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry