Leslie Hsu Oh Interviews Ilarion Merculieff

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In celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month, Leslie Hsu Oh interviewed Ilarion Merculieff, author of Wisdom Keeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold History of the Unangan People. Ilarion is Unangan (Aleut) of the Pribilof Islands. He’s served his people for four decades in roles such as City Manager of St. Paul Island and President and CEO of … Read More

Andromeda: 4.9 Questions for Bernadette Murphy, author of Harley and Me: Embracing Risk On the Road to a More Authentic Life

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A 48-year-old woman facing middle-age malaise and the upheaval of divorce becomes a motorcycle enthusiast, turning her own quest into a larger meditation on why we need risk in order to live fuller lives. That’s the premise of Bernadette Murphy’s new memoir, Harley and Me, published in May. Murphy teaches creative nonfiction in the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program, … Read More

Art Talk with Ron Spatz of the Alaska Quarterly Review

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This interview of Ron Spatz, editor-in-chief and founding editor of Alaska Quarterly Review was originally posted in 2011 on the Art Works Blog on the National Endowments for the Arts webpage. 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. Art … Read More

From Our Archives: Author Interview with Bill Streever

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“I am sorry to say that ordinary scientific books are in nearly every case written by men who have no capacity to explain anything.” Anchorage author Bill Streever set out in part to defy this assertion by Thomas Edison, writing a book on ordinary topic that has proved to be anything but ordinary. In fact, since hitting the shelves a … Read More

From Our Archives: An Interview with Debby Dahl Edwardson

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Debby Dahl Edwardson Way back in 2008, before Debby Dahl Edwardson’s My Name is Not Easy was nominated for the National Book Award, we interviewed her about her writing process and her passion for “Alaska’s Books for Alaska’s Kids,” now taking shape as an initiative to be piloted in several Alaska school districts next year. What have you learned about … Read More

A “literature of epic proportions”: Interview with sci-fi writer David Marusek

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Fairbanks author David Marusek’s first novel, Counting Heads, was translated into French, Russian, Czech, and Romanian. His stories are in those languages, as well as Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Dutch. In January, Tor Books published Mind Over Ship, the sequel to Counting Heads. The plot, according to the publisher: “The year is 2135, and the international program to seed the … Read More

“About Face” and Alaska film opportunities: Interview with Mary Katzke

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Mary Katzke, a filmmaker who has put together several successful films through her Anchorage company AffinityFilms, was recently named head of the newly reopened Alaska Film Office. But before she got that post, she finished work on a major project — a documentary called “About Face,” which was five years in the making, completed Jan. 1 of this year. In … Read More