Jeremy Pataky

Executive Director
Founding Former Board Member

Jeremy is the author of Overwinter, his debut book of poetry (University of Alaska Press | Alaska Literary Series). He earned an MFA from the University of Montana and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Foraker Group. His poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared in Black Warrior ReviewColorado ReviewCirqueIce FloeNorthern ReviewThe Southeast ReviewAnchorage Press, Anchorage Daily News, High Country News, and more. His work appears in the anthologies Refugium: Poems for the PacificPermanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks and A Natural History of Now: Reports from the Edge of Nature, and others. He’s worked and volunteered extensively in the nonprofit sector, worked as a consultant in arts and culture, taught and tutored in universities and an after-school elementary poetry program, and worked as a guide. Jeremy is a founding board member and former president of 49 Writers. He lives in McCarthy and Anchorage, Alaska.

Kirsten Dixon


Kirsten Dixon attended the Cordon Bleu school in Paris and received a master’s degree in gastronomy (food history) from Adelaide University in Australia. She received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont. She is the author of the award-winning Winterlake Lodge Cookbook and Tutka Bay Lodge Cookbook. She owns and operates two remote lodges in Alaska and is an avid gardener.

Matthew Komatsu

Vice President

Matthew Komatsu is an Alaska Air National Guardsman and third year candidate in the University of Alaska MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) program. A veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, he has published essays, longform journalism and reviews in The New York Times; War, Literature and the Arts; Brevity; StorySouth; Stoneboat Literary Review; METER Magazine; The Southeast Review; The Sierra Nevada Review; Foreign Policy and The Millions. A resident of Anchorage, the best way to track him down is on Twitter.

Amy O’Neill Houck


Amy O’Neill Houck is a writer living in Juneau, Alaska. She completed her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and enjoys teaching writing classes in Juneau through 49 Writers. Amy works as Director of Marketing and Engagement at Perseverance Theatre, and she writes occasionally for The Juneau Empire, The Capital City Weekly, and The Cordova Times. She recently published an essay in Cirque Journal. Amy is also a knitwear designer and is the author of three books of knitting and crochet patterns, and the contributor to many books and magazines on the history, art, and techniques of fiber art. Amy maintains a blog about wool, food, and life in Alaska at

Katie Bausler

Board Member

Katie Bausler is a former award-winning broadcast journalist, PR Director for the University of Alaska Southeast and current Community Relations Director for Bartlett Regional Hospital. She holds an MA in English from Middlebury College and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She writes occasional columns for the Sunday We Alaskans section in the Alaska Dispatch newspaper and has had several pieces published in the University of Alaska Southeast literary journal, Tidal Echoes. Katie and her husband Karl are devoted residents of the island kingdom of Douglas, across the channel from Juneau, Alaska’s capital.

Barbara Hood

Board Member

Barbara Hood moved to Fairbanks with her family at age ten, and has called Alaska home ever since. She received a BS in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she was drawn to writing as a staff reporter for the Polar Star student newspaper. Her interest continued in law school at the University of California Berkeley, where she served on the editorial board of Ecology Law Quarterly, one of the country’s oldest environmental law journals. During her legal career, she worked as a staff attorney for the non-profit poverty law firm Alaska Legal Services Corporation, as an Assistant Alaska Attorney General focused on human services cases, and as Communications Counsel for the Alaska Court System. Now retired from law, she helps her husband run their family business, Great Harvest Bread Co. Anchorage, volunteers for justice-related organizations, and pursues her long-time interests in creative writing and photography. Her essays, poetry, fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Anchorage Press, Alaska Dispatch News, and CIRQUE.

Carol Richards

Board Member

Carol Richards is Iñupiaq (Eskimo), with family from Kotzebue, Alaska. Her writing has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review and Best Creative Nonfiction (Volume 2), has been selected as a “notable essay” in Best American Essays. An essay is included in Up Here: The North at the Center of the World, published by the Anchorage Museum. She has taken courses at the Writer’s Studio through Stanford’s Continuing Education program, and has participated in the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy and the Tutka Bay Writers Retreat. She has been awarded writing residencies at Hedgebrook and Djerassi.

Emeritus Board and Staff Members

Karen Benning
Linda Caird (formerly Ketchum)*
Morgan Grey*
Erin Coughlin Hollowell*
Eric Larson
Joan Pardes
Katrina Pearson
Don Rearden
Andromeda Romano-Lax*
Deb Vanasse*

*Former Executive Director