Eva Saulitis

Alaska, United States

Writer, teacher and marine biologist Eva Saulitis is the author of four books of poetry and non-fiction prose:  Into Great Silence:  A Memoir of Discovery and Loss Among Vanishing Orcas; Many Ways to Say It (poetry); Leaving Resurrection:  Chronicles of a Whale Scientist (essays), and Prayer in Wind (poetry). Her poetry and essays have appeared in Orion, Ecotone, Utne Reader, Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, and Watershed Review, among others.  She is a contributor to the volume Homeground:  Language for an American Landscape, and audio recordings of her essays from that work can be heard in the archives of the radio program Living on Earth.  For the past 25 years, she's taken part in a longterm study of orcas in Prince William Sound, Alaska.  She teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and at the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference.  She lives in Homer, Alaska.  In 2014, she received the Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award from the Alaska Humanities Forum.

Website: evasaulitis.com


  • Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss Among Vanishing Orcas , Beacon Press (January 15, 2013)
  • Many Ways to Say It: Poems , Red Hen Press (September 15, 2012)
  • Leaving Resurrection: Chronicles of a Whale Scientist , Boreal Books/Red Hen Press (January 15, 2008)
  • Prayer in Wind , Boreal Books/Red Hen Press (January 1, 2015)


  • Alaskan Humanities Forum Award(2014)


  • Associate Professor at University of Alaska Anchorage Low-Residency MFA Program (July 2008 - December 2015)
  • Research Biologist at North Gulf Oceanic Society (August 1987 - December 2015)


  • Master of Science in Marine Biology from Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks (December 2012)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from University of Alaska Fairbanks (May 1999)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry