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New Books and Works Published by UAF Faculty

  • Chris Coffman, Associate Professor of English, recently published an article entitled "The Migrating Look: Visual Economies of Queer Desire in The Book of Salt" in Texas Studies in Literature and Language 56.2 (Summer 2014).  Her new article on Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas is forthcoming in the winter 2014 issue of Arizona Quarterly.  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 has returned!

Sept 26, 2014 Thomas McGuane, 7pm in Schaible Auditorium


This year the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers series is proud to be bring to UAF writers from both inside and outside of Alaska.

Upcoming guest include:

October 3rd:John Morgan and Kesler Woodward.

John Morgan studied with Robert Lowell at Harvard, where he won the Hatch Prize for Lyric Poetry.  At the Iowa Writers Workshop, he earned an MFA and was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize.  In 1976, Morgan moved to Fairbanks, where he taught for many years at the university and helped found the Midnight Sun Writers' Conference.  He has published five books of poetry, most recently River of Light: a Conversation with Kabir, as well as a collection of essays.  His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, and many other magazines.  In 2009, he was selected to be the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park.  Annie Dillard writes that Morgan's pomes "are strong and full of carefully controlled feeling.  They are tender and precise evocations of the moral and sensory life of man."

Kesler Woodward, an Alaska resident since 1977,  is one of Alaska’s best-known artists. In order to paint full-time, he retired in 2000 as Professor  of Art Emeritus from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he taught  for twenty years and served as Chair of the Art Department and of the  Division of Arts and Communications. 

Woodward's paintings are included in all major public art collections in Alaska and in museum, corporate and private collections on both coasts of the United States. Solo exhibits to his credit include the Morris Museum of Art, University of Alaska Museum, Alaska State Museum, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and public and commercial galleries throughout the U.S.   Juried and invitational exhibitions including his work have ranged from Alaska to Brazil and Russia.

Woodward is equally well known as an art historian and curator. A former curator at the Alaska State Museum and Artistic Director of the Visual Arts Center of Alaska, he is the author of six books and numerous articles on the art of Alaska, has curated four major retrospective museum exhibits on the work of  Alaska's most significant historical painters, and has lectured on the art of the circumpolar North from Alaska to Georgia, New England, and  the British Museum in London.

In 2004, Kesler Woodward received the first Alaska  Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, and in 2012 he received the Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Alaskan Artist Fellowship.

October 17: Sherry Simpson.

November 7: Adrianne Harun.

2014-15 Writing Contest now open.

Use your words to win cash.

Six contests with $700 in prize awards
Students: It’s easy to submit!

Information on the writing contest is available by the front door of the English Dept. or visit Julia in Gruening 850, 8a-3p M-F.


Come as your alter ego! Dead Writers are coming....

Friday October 24, 2014 7p-10p at the Blue Loon

Dead Writers Night.  Who's your favorite writer...who do you wish you could have been?  You'll have your chance to make your dream come true on Friday October 24, 2014 from 7p-10p at the Blue Loon, you must be 21 or older to attend.

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