Laureli Ivanoff

Alaska Literary Award, 2020 Unalakleet Laureli Ivanoff is a writer living in her hometown of Unalakleet, Alaska. She writes of Inuit culture in relation to climate change, history, policy and social justice. A former radio reporter, Laureli is passionate about Alaska journalism and inclusion of Indigenous perspective, experience and voice. Laureli has received honors for her writing and … Read More

Mary Odden

Alaska Literary Award, 2020 Nelchina Mary Odden grew up in eastern Oregon. She attended the College of Idaho and worked as a fire lookout and dispatcher. She followed wildfires north to spend most of the last forty years in Alaska: telling smokejumpers where to go, finding true love, digging gardens, playing dance music, listening to stories and exploring remarkable landscapes. She … Read More

Christopher Lee Miles

Alaska Literary Award, 2020 Fairbanks Christopher Lee Miles was born and raised in the rural Midwest. He is the author of one collection of poetry, Armor & Ornament (2019). He is a veteran of the US Navy and lives in Fairbanks. Miles earned an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He currently works with rural Alaska and Alaska Native students at the Interior Alaska Campus. … Read More

Mary Katzke

Alaska Literary Award, 2017 Anchorage Mary Katzke moved to Alaska in 1979 after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas Austin in Radio-Television-Film. She formed her nonprofit Affinityfilms, Inc. after producing her first documentary film, No Word for Rape and went on to produce and direct over three dozen films including Sea of Oil, About Face, World School, Backing … Read More

Recipients of the 2017 Alaska Literary Awards and 2017 Connie Boochever Fellows Announced

The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), is pleased to announce the artist recipients of the 2017 Alaska Literary Award and the 2017 Connie Boochever Fellowships. Alaska Literary Awards The following five Alaska literary artists, selected from a pool of 42 applications, will each receive $5,000 awards: Mary Katzke, … Read More

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