House of the Night Watch was named the 2017 winner of the Many Voices Project in poetry.
Kersten's most recent work is the chapbook What Caught the Raven's Eye. Her first collection is Something Yet to Be Named.
Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Raquel's poems Tales from the House of Vasquez won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize. Her first book is Dirt and Honey. In 2020 look for her YA novel, Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything.
Dr. Hays' most recent book is Creating Well-Being: Four Steps to a Happier, Healthier Life, written with "empathy and good humor," according to the APA. She is also the author of Connecting Across Cultures: The Helper’s Toolkit.
Highway One, Antarctica, is
Justin's first collection of short stories. "Perhaps Hermann's greatest strength is his success in creating memorable characters with such empathy," writes reviewer Nancy Lord."
The Consecrated Ones: Garlen Ananian’s Path, tells the story of two young Armenian martyrs. Dr. Kabranian-Melkonian is a scholar of Armenian literature.
Threadbare: Class and Crime in Urban Alaska is a UAA/APU Book of the Year for 2018-2020. Reviewer David James says Mary's essays portray real Alaska in a book that's "remarkable and remarkably compassionate."
Heather was a well-known writer even before she graduated from the MFA program. Her most recent collection of essays, Find the Good, is the latest to please a national audience.
Hannah's children's book, Mary's Wild Winter Feast, is a "heartfelt evocation of the importance of place and family," according to Kirkus Review. Her book was chosen for the 2018 Alaska Battle of the Books.
Sara's collection of essays, Gaining Daylight: Life on Two Islands, is "an intimate and loving look at a life that very few people live," according to a starred review in Publishers' Weekly. The collection also won the Willa Award in creative nonfiction from Women Writing the West.
Vivian has published three poetry chapbooks and two collections of poems, most recently Traveling with the Underground People, which Alaska poet Emily Wall describes as an "intense emotional journey." Vivian has also published a short story collection, The Dead Go To Seattle.
Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Kachemak Bay is "part memoir, part natural history, part quest into understanding the nature of change," according to Nancy Lord. Marilyn's book is based on years of studying the bay's ecology and anthropology as well as her own experiences as a wildlife biologist in Alaska.
CWLA graduate Sara Loewen, a nonfiction student who was part of the first class in our low-residency program, read from her new book at an Alaska Literary Series event sponsored by the department on April 9. Sara's book has been praised by reviewers at Booklist, Terrain.org, and Publisher's Weekly, which noted in a starred review, "Loewen's essays are exquisite slices of life . . . this solemn, spare book is an intimate and loving look at a life that very few people live." It's a terrific book: Buy it!