The United States Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offer residencies of seven to nine days from June through August to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to take part in stewardship projects in the wilderness of Alaska. Residents are paired with a wilderness ranger, with whom they explore the national forests, parks, or refuges, while assisting with research, fieldwork, and other light ranger duties. Residents are provided with camping equipment, most food, and travel to and from the field, but are responsible for their own transportation to and from Alaska. Residents are expected to donate one piece of creative work to the hosting federal agency, and to give one public presentation, such as a reading or a workshop, within six months of the residency that in some way connects a community to its public lands. Submit six pages of poetry or prose, a statement of purpose, a project description, and a résumé by March 1. There is no application fee. E-mail or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Voices of the Wilderness Residency, P.O. Box 129, Girdwood, AK 99587. Barbara Lydon, Program Coordinator.