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Erin Coughlin Hollowell is a poet and writer who lives at the end of the road in Alaska. Prior to landing in Alaska, she lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns, pursuing many different professions from tapestry weaving to arts administration. She earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2009. Currently, she is an adjunct professor for the University of Alaska and is on the faculty of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. She serves on the Poetry in Place committee, putting poetry into each of Alaska’s state parks. Hollowell was the 2009 Rona Jaffe Scholar in poetry at Bread Loaf. She was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship and a Connie Boochever Fellowship in 2013. She has been awarded residencies as the Vermont Studio Center and the Willapa Bay AiR program. Her first collection of poetry Pause, Traveler was released in 2013 by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. Her work has most recently been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Permafrost, Studies, Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environment, and Sugar House Review.
Joan Kane is Inupiaq Eskimo with family from King Island and Mary's Igloo, Alaska. She earned her bachelor's degree from Harvard College and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She is on the faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Along with her husband and sons, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska.