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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Peggy Shumaker is Alaska State Writer Laureate. Her most recent book of poems is Gnawed Bones. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. She's at work on Genesis, Quetzal, a book of poems set in Costa Rica. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publishers of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Ken Waldman combines old-time Appalachian-style fiddling, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a performance uniquely his own. He has six full-length poetry collections, a memoir about his life as a touring artist (ARE YOU FAMOUS?, Catalyst Book Press, 2008), and nine CDs. In addition to appearing at all manner of reading series, he's been a headliner at numerous concert series, arts & lectures series, festivals, and clubs. He's also been a visiting artist at over 200 schools in 31 states. In addition to leading writing workshops, he leads workshops on how to live a more creative life. "A one-man Prairie Home companion." --Shepherd Express Weekly, Milwaukee WI
Emily Wall lives and writes in Juneau, Alaska. During the winters she teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska Southeast. Summers, she cruises on her sailboat with her husband and daughters.