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Vivian Faith Prescott

Author's Bio

Vivian Faith Prescott was born and raised in Wrangell, Alaska. She is an Alaska resident and currently lives in Kodiak, Alaska with her U.S. Coast Guard/poet husband, Howie Martindale. Vivian is a poet and scholar of Sáami, Suomalainen, Irish, and German descent. Vivian is adopted into the T'akdeintaan clan. Her children are Raven, T’akdeintaan/Snail House. She has a Ph.D. in Cross Cultural Studies and an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She and her family are involved in the Lingít language revitalization in Southeast Alaska. Vivian and her daughter, Vivian Mork, have established a non-profit called Raven’s Blanket. Raven’s Blanket is designed to enhance and perpetuate the cultural wellness and traditions of Indigenous peoples through education, media, and the arts; and to promote the artistic works throughout Alaska by both Native and non-native Alaskans. My Blog:Planet Alaska http://planetalaska.blogspot.com/

Publications and Prizes

Journals:
Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Connotations, Copperfield Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Explorations, Ice Box, Kingfisher, Off the Coast, Permafrost, Tidal Echoes, Turtle Quarterly
Prizes:
Vivian was recently awarded the Jason Wenger Award for Literary Excellence. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry for my poem "Fish On" published in Turtle Quarterly; Boulevard Magazine Emerging Poet Award, Honorable Mention; Alaska 49 Writers Ode to A Dead Salmon Contest: First Prize, "Ode to Stinkin"; Joy Harjo Poetry Award 2009 Finalist: "Paths of Most Resistance."; Joy Harjo Poetry Award 2008 Finalist :"I Was in Love with a Boy Who Loved Dog Sledding"; Harold McCracken Endowment Poetry Award (2009): Honorable Mention, "The Last Word."; National Association of Ethnic Studies, Cortland Auser Undergraduate Paper Award: "Moving Mountains in the Intercultural Classroom."

Vivian Faith Prescott Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
War Dances by Sherman Alexie, Ejo by Derick Burleson, The Dome by Stephen King, The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon, Flying Out with the Wounded by Anne Caston
Favorite Books:
Kalevala; Haa Shuka, Haa Tuwunaagu Yis, Haa Kusteeyi (Nora and Richard Dauenhauer); On Writing (Stephen King); In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Contemporary Sami Prose and Poetry. Anything by Sherman Alexie.
Favorite Authors:
Sherman Alexie, Jody Picoult, Nancy Lord, Nora Dauenhauer, Richard Dauenhauer, Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Nils Aslak Valkeapaa

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: July 15, 2011

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Mixed Race
Prefers to work with:
Adults, Teenagers
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Wrangell, AK
Raised in:
Wrangell, AK

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