Sara Loewen

Alaska Literary Award, 2016 Kodiak Sara Loewen is the author of Gaining Daylight: Life on Two Islands, which won the Willa Award for creative nonfiction. She earned her MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her essays have appeared in Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories from the Salmon Project, and the Alaska Dispatch Magazine, 61 Degrees North. She works at Kodiak College and commercial … Read More

Daryl Farmer

Alaska Literary Award, 2016 Fairbanks Daryl Farmer is the author of Bicycling beyond the Divide, which received a Barnes and Noble Discover Award and Where We Land, a collection of short stories. His recent work has appeared in The Whitefish Review, Hayden's Ferry Review and Gingerbread House. He is an associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is director of the … Read More

2016 Alaska Literary Awards Announced

The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) recently selected four individuals to recognize for their outstanding literary work and receive the 2016 Alaska Literary Award. A select number of $5,000 fellowships for Alaska literary artists are awarded each fall. 2016 Alaska Literary Award Recipients:  Daryl Farmer, creative nonfiction, … Read More

Jill Osier

2015 Alaska Literary Award Fairbanks Jill Osier is the author of three chapbooks of poems: Bedful of Nebraskas (2012), Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White (winner of the 2013 Frost Place Chapbook Competition), and From (2016). Her work has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship, the George Bennett Fellowship, a Rasmuson … Read More

Kyle Mellen

2015 Alaska Literary Award Fairbanks Kyle C. Mellen’s fiction has appeared in American Literary Review, EPOCH, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, Meridian, The Northern Review, Salt Hill, and Versal, and has received the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award from Mid-American Review. He holds a BA from Colby College and an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, … Read More

Alyse Knorr

2015 Alaska Literary Award Anchorage Alyse Knorr is the author of Copper Mother (Switchback Books, 2015), Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books, 2013) and the chapbooks Epithalamia (Horse Less Press, 2015) and Alternates (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, storySouth, ZYZZYVA, … Read More

Christine Byl

2015 Alaska Literary Award Healy Christine Byl is the author of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, which was a finalist for the Willa Award in non-fiction. Her prose has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, The Sun, Crazyhorse, and other journals. Byl  earned her MFA in fiction from the University of Alaska-Anchorage and has received awards from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Rasmuson … Read More

2015 Alaska Literary Awards Announced

The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation recently selected four individuals to recognize for their outstanding literary work and receive the 2015 Alaska Literary Award. A select number of $5,000 fellowships for Alaska literary artists are awarded each fall. 2015 Alaska Literary Award Recipients:  Christine Byl, Denali Park- non-fiction/fiction Alyse … Read More

Ernestine Hayes

2014 Alaska Literary Award Juneau Ernestine Hayes is a prolific, published writer in a variety of genres, including creative nonfiction, book-length nonfiction and creative nonfiction, poetry and prose-poetry, book-length fiction, and fiction essays. She is best known for her autobiography, “Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir,” which tells the story of the author's journey back home after a … Read More

Lucas Rowley

Alaska Literary Award, 2016 Connie Boochever Award, Literary Arts, 2013 Lucas Rowley was born and raised in Homer, Alaska, and is of Inupiaq, Scottish and Italian descent. He is an award-winning playwright and science fiction author, and has had readings in the last five years in Anchorage, New York City, Los Angeles and Albuquerque. He is a recipient of a Rasmuson Award for literary work … Read More