News and Events

New Books and Works Published by UAF Faculty

  • Chris Coffman, Associate Professor of English, recently published  two new articles "Queering Zizek" in Postmodern Culture and The Sinthomosexual's Failed Challenge to (Hetero)sexual Difference" in Culture, Theory, and Critique.  She has been recently elected Secretary of the International Comparative Literature Associations Gender Studies Committee.
  • Jennifer Schell, Assistant Professor of English, has a new book through the University of Massachusetts Press, entitled A Bold and Hardy Race of Men:  The Lives and Literature of American Whalemen, focusing on masculinity in American whaling literature.
  • Sean (Donald) Hill, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, has published a short story fiction "They Drove" New England Review (Digital), Summer 2013, and poetry "Above It All" in Water-Stone Review and "Postcard to Anna" in Poecology, 2012.   
    Recent Publications
    Short fiction
    “They Drove” New England Review (Digital), Summer 2013
    “Still Life with Starlings and Man” The Harvard Review, issue 44, Summer 2013.
    “Postcard to the Bottoms of My Shoes” Mantis, issue 11, Spring 2013.
    “Conundrum at the Artist Colony” Copper Nickel, issue 18, Fall 2012.
    Postcard to ListlessnessCopper Nickel, issue 18, Fall 2012.
    VacationCopper Nickel, issue 18, Fall 2012.
    “Spring in Bemidji” Crab Orchard Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, Summer/Fall 2012.
    “Above It All” Water~Stone Review, Vol. 1, Fall 2012.
    “Postcard to Anna” Poecology, issue 2, 2012.
    Information about poetry collections:
    Blood Ties & Brown Liquor can be found at
    Dangerous Goods can be pre-ordered at:
  • Daryl Farmer, Assistant Professor of English, has a new short story published in the Summer 2013 issue of  The Whitefish Review titled "Where We Land" and his book Bicycling beyond the Divide was release in paperback in December, 2012.
  • Gerri Brightwell, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, has a new publication: her short story "North" has just been published in Conte (Vol 9 issue 1).  Upcoming publications include her short stories "Sunk" (Redivider fall, 2013), "His Good Fortune" (Fiction Southwest, fall 2013), "Lagniappe" (Los Angeles Review, November 2013), and "Beast" (Gargoyle, summer 2014).
  • Derick Burleson, Associate Professor of English, has recently had two books of poems published: 

Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series will return in Sept. 2014


The English Department wishes to thank all the visiting writers for taking the time to visit Alaska and UAF.  It was a pleasure to host them and again we had a great season.

2013-14 Writing Contests have now closed

UAF English Dept. "Writing Contests" for 2013-14 are now closed.

The contests have closed and the submissions sent to the readers. We wish all of those who submitted "Good Luck".

The results of this years contests are as follows:

English Department Contest 2013-2014 Winners

Farthest North Fiction Contest

Judge: Allen Gee, Professor of English, Creative Writing Georgia College

  1st ---- “The Oldest of the Sheep” Craig Sanders

  2nd ----“The Guilt of Innocence” DJ Tyson

  3rd ---- “Canyon” Amy Marsh

Northern Lights Essay Contest

Graduate Division

Judge: Don Rearden, Professor of English, UAA

1st  ---- “Diaphoretic” Natalie Taylor

2nd---- “Unfolded” Jaclyn Bergamino

3rd ---- “Rogue Bulldozers” Amy Marsh 

Harold McCracken Endowment Poetry Award

Judge: Professor Anne Caston, Professor, UAA Creative Writing and Literary Arts

  1st Place ---- “Of Lambs” Danny Dyer

  2nd Place ---- “Construction” Maeve Kirk

  3rd Place ---- “Sleeping Dog Awake” Caitlin Scarano

Northern Lights Essay Contest

Undergraduate Division

Judge: Sherry Simpson, Professor of English, UAA

  1st Place ---- “Dancing in the Rain” Marlaina McElheny

  2nd Place ---- “Saved by Courtesy” Zachary Sherman

  3rd Place ---- “In My Garden” Lisa Foster

E.L. Bartlett Prize for Literary Criticism,

Judge: Tom Moran, Communications Manager, Epscor  

1st Place ---- “Alongside William Dodge: Deconstructing the Patriarch in Wool’s

Between the ActsDaniel Nero

  2nd Place ---- “Print Media and the Double Self in William Cowper’s The TaskDanny Dyer

  3rd Place ----“The Reader Joins the Herd: The Collective Experience of Fear in

  “The Land of Green Plums” Jennifer Popa

Minnie E. Wells Contest 

Judge: Suzanne Forster, Professor of English, UAA

1st Place---- “Alongside William Dodge: Deconstructing the Patriarchy in Woolf's Between the Acts”, Daniel Nero

2nd Place----“Reality as Nonsense: Lewis Carroll's Portrayal of Absurdity in the English Language,"      J. Dabric Baxter

3rd Place----“A Sexist Ahead of His Time: Robert Gould and the World of Misogynistic Satires,” Nicholas Mark Evans

Thank you to all the donors for Dead Writers!!!!

The English Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks wishes to thank all the donors for this year's "Dead Writer's Reading and Raffle" held Saturday November 2nd from 7-10 pm at the BLUE LOON.  

The dead writers came out in force and looked and sounded pretty darn good for being dead.  A good time was had by all and we wish to say "Thank You" to the following sponsers:

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Tolovana Hot Springs, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Gulliver's Books, Lemongrass Thai Cuisine, Co-Op Market Grocery & Deli, Lulu's Bagels, A Desert Passage Jewelry, UAF Outdoor Adventures, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, The Prospector, Subline Line Tattoo Studio, Literacy Council of Alaska, Oasis Restarant and Lounge, The Cookie Jar, Hot LIcks Homemade Ice Cream, Tribal Wallah Belly Dancers, The Toy Quest, Turbo Tans, Northern Vines, Soul Star Arts, The Comic Shop, Wooley Bean, and Shogun Steakhouse.

A special thanks to: Caitlin Woolley, Natalie Taylor and Kendell Newman Sadiik who contributed home baked goods.