Alaska Shorts: An Excerpt from Wealth Woman by Deb Vanasse

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The excerpt that follows tells of events leading up to the marriage of Shaaw Tlaa (Kate) to prospector George Carmack, who took credit for the discovery of gold in the Klondike. …both [Shaaw Tláa’s husband] Kult’ús and her daughter fell sick, most likely in the late summer or early fall of 1886. As with each wave of disease that passed … Read More

Alaska Shorts: Eliza Waite by by Ashley E. Sweeney

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Eliza marks each step on the forward deck. She finds herself a spot at the port rail, and stares back over the smoky city of Seattle. Eliza licks her chapped lips and tastes salt. She balls her fists to keep warm and stamps her feet on the planked deck. She blends into the crowd and observes her fellow passengers, who … Read More

Alaska Shorts: Sad Music by Stephen D. Bolen

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Sad Music 11/09/15 There’s a service today, A young man I don’t know, The cold I’ve come out of my own skin. I’m falling down and down, keep going. Is there any truth in this master confusion? It isn’t even a storm anymore, It’s calm and with good people gone now, From this bright day, I speak to the familiar— … Read More

Alaska Shorts – Lucian Childs: Letters From His Wife Regarding The Progress of Her Enlightenment

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Originally published in Issue 6 of Jelly Bucket. 1.How are the girls? How do you like schlepping them around for a change? Here it’s no picnic either. Bells, service, work period, tea ceremonies. Meditation ten times a day. The head monk is like that gruff ballet master who lived off Marlboros and Diet Coke. The one who would inch her … Read More

Alaska Shorts: Visiting with Permafrost – Tocsin, Siren, Chime by Jessamyn Birre

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Permafrost is the farthest north literary journal for writing and the arts, located at 64° 50′ N (198 miles from the Arctic Circle). It is a graduate student run journal associated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Issue 37:2, online here, is formatted like a “choose your own adventure story” with hyperlinks moving the reader throughout the issue. TOCSIN, SIREN, … Read More

Alaska Shorts: Visiting with AQR featuring Elizabeth Bradfield

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Throughout the next few months, we’ll be featuring excerpts of writing by Alaskans who’ve been published in Alaska Quarterly Review. AQR is published by the University Alaska Anchorage and is without a doubt one of the nation’s best literary magazines, as noted by The Washington Post Book World. Each issue of AQR is rich with fine writing and social consequence. … Read More

Alaska Shorts: Visiting With AQR, Featuring Peggy Shumaker

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Throughout the next few months, we’ll be featuring excerpts of writing by Alaskans who’ve been published in Alaska Quarterly Review. AQR is published by the University Alaska Anchorage and is without a doubt one of the nation’s best literary magazines, as noted by The Washington Post Book World. Each issue of AQR is rich with fine writing and social consequence. … Read More

Alaska Shorts: Visiting with AQR, Eva Saulitis featured

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Throughout the next few months, we’ll be featuring excerpts of writing by Alaskans who’ve been published in Alaska Quarterly Review. AQR is published by the University Alaska Anchorage and is without a doubt one of the nation’s best literary magazines, as noted by The Washington Post Book World. Each issue of AQR is rich with fine writing and social consequence. … Read More