Arctic Entries

Arctic Entries
In the spirit of “The Moth” and “Stoop Stories,” …

Missy Ann Hernandez - A Place of Healing
May 13 • 7 min
Missy was born to a fiery second generation Italian woman and a Cuban immigrant on the east coast. She started formally telling stories at age five when she forced her grandfather to record her interviewing her relatives at thanksgiving. She is a bit of a…
Nicollette Dent - Longing for Home
May 13 • 7 min
Nicolette (also responds to Nicky/Nico/Nic) was born-and-raised in Airport Heights. She has lived among the Douglas firs of Oregon, the saguaro cactus of Arizona, and now the maple forests of Quebec. She just earned her Master of Urban Planning degree…
Alison Kelley - Group Effort
May 13 • 7 min
Alison has been living, hiking, and skiing - often with friends but rarely without a dog - since she moved to Alaska in 1990. She’s lived in Homer and Valdez and now calls Spenard home.
Jennifer Wingard - Pilgrimage
May 13 • 9 min
Jennifer’s patchworked career path has included teaching piano, guiding kayak and road bike trips, teaching downhill skiing, and being a property manager. Her list of idiocies/adventures span trekking in Tibet, paddling the cayes of Belize, road biking…
Nithya Thiru - Embracing My Heritage
May 13 • 7 min
Nithya is a lifelong Alaskan and Sri Lankan Tamil. She missed the memo in middle school and has currently become obsessed with vampires while hunkered down. She is a lover of history, dancing and advocating for human rights, and hopes that in these tough…
Kathryn Price - Separated From the Outside World
May 13 • 6 min
Kathryn loves living in Alaska! She was born and raised here. She liked to spend her time looking at wildflowers, enjoying winter and summer outdoor sports, and rebuilding cars (especially her Subaru!). On the coldest winter days, you’ll find her by the…
Gabby Laipenieks - What My Childhood Crush Taught Me
May 13 • 7 min
Gabby is a senior at West High. These days, she’s doing what she can to stave off existential dread. A former spelling bee prodigy, Gabby loves being outside, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends. She hopes that her story can be a lighthearted…
Bonnie Moore - I’m Free
Mar 9 • 6 min
Despite growing up in Fairbanks, Bonnie settled upon Anchorage after her release as an opportunity to start her life fresh in a new spot. Now a supervisor at Fire Island Bakeshop, Bonnie has become an active member in the Anchorage community. While…
Lance Hanes - Out of Darkness Comes Light
Mar 9 • 7 min
Since graduating in 2014 from the Felony DUI Therapeutic Court, Lance has pursued a career in the recovery services field to better help others find their way to freedom from addiction. He is a trained Moral Reconation Therapy facilitator, a trained peer…
Chet Adkins - Yup’ik Childhood
Mar 9 • 7 min
Chet was born in Anchorage on 9th & L streets in 1960. He identifies as Yup’ik and his first language was Yup’ik. Chet is the proud father of two, grandfather of nine, and great grandfather of three.
Carlos Diaz - The Importance of Reaching Out
Mar 9 • 7 min
Having graduated from the Anchorage Felony DUI Court in 2018, Carlos is extremely active within the local recovery field and is working to become more involved at both the state and national level. He holds the chair position of the Alaska Therapeutic…
Joel Forbes - Pick of the Litter
Mar 9 • 7 min
Joel–half Yup’ik Eskimo and half white–is from Togiak, Alaska. He is 32 years old. Joel received his bachelor’s degrees in Yup’ik language and music from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Laneea Naufahu - Work in Progress
Mar 9 • 6 min
Laneea’s life has been full; full of the joys, full of the pains, and full of faith. Half Tongan and half white, she is originally from Arizona. Laneea is a mother of four and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is eager to…
Jeff Van Camp - Not Repeating the Past
Mar 9 • 6 min
Now 60 years old, Jeff has been clean and sober for nine years. Since 1990, Jeff’s addiction has led him in and out of prison; he most recently served seven and a half years. Despite being on electronic monitoring for over 14 months, Jeff has worked his…
Daija Cornelious - 10 Years of Darkness
Jan 24 • 8 min
I’m Daija from the city of Oakland. I was blind for 10 years but now my eyes are opened. And even though my eyes didn’t work, I swear I’ve seen things that would make a lion’s heart hurt. That’s why I’m standing here today, to tell the story of this blind…
Esther Smith - Love Across Borders
Jan 24 • 7 min
Esther is an artist, educator, traveler, and lifelong Alaskan. She enjoys baking pies from scratch, drinking coffee in the bath, and hunting for the perfect hammock spot. Her favorite stories make her both cry and laugh, and she’s grateful to be here and…
Sophia Lee - Blessing in Disguise
Jan 24 • 8 min
Sophia is Korean born and Alaskan raised, and seems to have a polar opposite means to happiness. Sophia finds happiness and enjoyment in hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and paddle-boarding in beautiful Alaska outdoor scenery all year round. However,…
Catherine Sullivan - Let’s Talk About Babies
Jan 24 • 8 min
City mouse. Indoorsy. Baker, traveler, the world’s biggest fan of her family. Would 100% win Survivor.
Julie Ayers - Wellness and Healing
Jan 24 • 7 min
Julie was born and raised in Anchorage and is the proud mom of two young boys, Mason and Eli, who keep her very busy. Julie’s motto for raising boys is: “what little boys lack in common sense they make up for with energy!” When she’s not keeping up with…
Elizabeth Manning - My Bear Story
Jan 24 • 8 min
Elizabeth is the third member of her family to tell an Arctic Entries story. She counts herself lucky, but also knows that luck comes from not being afraid to try to new things, or to follow her instincts and marry a nice guy she met in a grocery store,…
Elijah Haines - King
Jan 24 • 7 min
Elijah moved to Alaska a few years ago from Michigan and decided to stay. He has served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon and is always planning another adventure. He enjoys hiking and running on Alaska’s beautiful trails
Destiny Waller & Michele McKean - Blessed and Restored
Dec 23, 2019 • 7 min
Destiny is originally from Alaska but grew up in Oregon and Idaho. She has worked with individuals with disabilities since she was 16. She is now a Registered Behavior Technician(RBT) and an Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) manager, and…
Donteh Devoe - My Best Friend
Dec 23, 2019 • 9 min
Growing up in Anchorage, Donteh was exposed to criminal activity and drug addiction at an early age. Soon he became addicted to the fast life, and making money was his mission. After his second prison term, he began to understand his potential and worth.…
Susan Pacillo - Parking Fairies
Dec 23, 2019 • 6 min
Susan is a lifelong Alaskan. Volunteerism & advocacy are her passion. She has not expired, only semi-retired, and is a bit of a roamer between Anchorage & Homer.
Megan Edge - Spring Creek Boys
Dec 23, 2019 • 8 min
Megan is a lifelong Alaskan, and proud Spenardian. She is the Communications Director for the ACLU of Alaska, but in her past life she was cranking out copy for peanuts in newsrooms around Anchorage, reporting on everything from homelessness to elephants.…
Allen Thompson - Valley of the 10,000 Smokes
Dec 23, 2019 • 8 min
One of Al’s hobbies is exploring volcanoes. He has explored Mount Vesuvius near Pompeii, Mount Popocatepetl in Mexico, Mount Bromo in Indonesia, and Mount Katmai in Alaska.
Jacqui Lambert - Cutting the Line
Dec 23, 2019 • 8 min
Jacqui is the middle sister of 10 and an Auntie to over 20 nieces and nephews. She is a writer, graphic designer, and traditional dancer from Kotzebue. She has traveled across the world, but her favorite places are the Inuit communities in Chukotka,…
Holly Brooks - From Coach to Competitor
Dec 23, 2019 • 7 min
When Holly’s twins were born (just over two years ago) she would drive out to Kincaid while simultaneously breast pumping to optimize her time skiing. During her husband’s 24-hour shifts working for the Anchorage Fire Department, she mines the chocolate…
Matt Schultz - Final Answer
Nov 25, 2019 • 7 min
Matt has been Anchored in Anchorage for 10 years, and serves as the pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Anchorage. He loves painting, hiking, and spending time with his wonderful wife, his three amazing kids, his awesome dog, and his adequate cat.
Beth Rose - My Personal Journey
Nov 25, 2019 • 6 min
Beth is an avid traveler, hiker, and photographer who can often be found in the Chugach Mountains. Beth is a fundraising consultant and an active community volunteer, including serving on the board of Alaska Public Media and the newly formed Alaska Eating…
David Canales - Backpacking Big Bend National Park
Nov 25, 2019 • 7 min
David was born and raised in Texas and has been in Alaska since 2011. He even skipped the graduation at his University to get on the road quicker to drive up here. In his free time, David enjoys photography, biking, kayaking and hiking. He is a firm…
Aimee Altman - Getting Off and Staying Off
Nov 25, 2019 • 6 min
Aimee is a 42 year old Cannabis activist, writer, and mother. She moved to Alaska in 2005 from WA state. Aimee writes for Anchorage Press and Alaska Leaf. She enjoys riding bikes, reading books, adventuring, and exploring life with her two sons.
Natalie Chai Fraser - Whippets and a 5k
Nov 25, 2019 • 6 min
Natalie was tempted to put “Natalie Chai Fraser is an enigma”, but ultimately decided that would be a bit of a cop out. She is a senior at West High School and has an irrational fear of mold.
Kelli Spencer - My Te Araroa Tale: a Tale of Feasting, Fasting, and Following Through
Nov 25, 2019 • 7 min
Growing up, Kelli’s parents encouraged her to explore, discover, and create. That basic principle has led her on a lifetime journey of exploring new places, going big, and pushing her boundaries. She spends her time in the mountains, exploring new places,…
Cindy Lyell - Chicken Dinner
Nov 25, 2019 • 8 min
CIndy has been an Alaskan for 3 years. She loves that you can wear pants with a dress here and no one cares – the last time she got away with that was in 2nd grade…! Cindy is the mother of 2 adult children, a military spouse (he’s retired now) and a…
Dela Grey - Big ‘B’, Little ‘b’
Oct 28, 2019 • 7 min
Dela is an Alaskan who grew up Outside and returned home in adulthood. Still trying to find her niche, she has worked as a teacher, reservationist for a water sports company in Hawaii, naturalist park ranger, land sales specialist for the State, studied…
Melanie Leydon - Dog Adoption Trip
Oct 28, 2019 • 6 min
Melanie is a born and raised Alaskan. She loves her mom and sister, adores her friends (who are the best people in Alaska) and walks with her dogs, fast bicycle rides, full-belly laughs and traveling to warm places during the unruly winter months. She has…
Forrest Cohn - Float Trip Fire
Oct 28, 2019 • 7 min
Seemingly partial to the outdoor and nomadic lifestyle, Forrest seeks out ways to combine the two with work. An interest in fish, mountains, and reading the book “Hatchet” too many times as a kid brought him to Alaska. He enjoys art and music, the company…
Scott Owens - Generous Cab Driver
Oct 28, 2019 • 7 min
Scott Owens is an emergency physician living in Anchorage, but often as not working abroad. He has worked with those affected by conflict in South Sudan, lectured remotely for Syrian medical students and residents whose training was interrupted by war,…
Isaac Sugimoto - Miss Alaska
Oct 28, 2019 • 7 min
Isaac Sugimoto is a Seattle-born Alaskan wannabe who loves cooking for friends and public use cabins.
Lynda Leal Prince - Greenhouse Mouse
Oct 28, 2019 • 8 min
Lynda Leal Prince teaches high school social studies, runs marathons and ultra-marathons, has studied five languages but mastered none, kayaked 600 miles of the Yukon River, survived the winter of ‘88-‘89 in Fairbanks, didn’t flunk out of Harvard, fought…
Jacob Dodson - My Brothers Fake Family
Oct 25, 2019 • 7 min
Jacob moved to Anchorage in February in no small part because he had never been to Alaska before. He has competed in the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships multiple times and mostly hasn’t done too well. From Texas, he’s a little unnerved to have…
Jen Mickelson
Sep 23, 2019 • 7 min
Jen Mickelson by Arctic Entries
Mikayla Morgan
Sep 23, 2019 • 6 min
Mikayla Morgan by Arctic Entries
Andrew Kurka
Sep 23, 2019 • 7 min
Andrew Kurka by Arctic Entries
Kim Whitaker
Sep 23, 2019 • 6 min
Kim Whitaker by Arctic Entries
Larry Persily
Sep 23, 2019 • 7 min
Larry Persily by Arctic Entries
Maeve Nevins - Lavtar
Sep 23, 2019 • 7 min
Maeve Nevins - Lavtar by Arctic Entries
Caitlin Marsteller
Sep 23, 2019 • 8 min
Caitlin Marsteller by Arctic Entries
Brooks Banker
Jun 11, 2019 • 7 min
Brooks Banker by Arctic Entries
William H. Bynum III
Jun 11, 2019 • 7 min
William H. Bynum III by Arctic Entries
Vivian Melde
Jun 11, 2019 • 9 min
Vivian Melde by Arctic Entries
Josh Klauder
Jun 11, 2019 • 8 min
Josh Klauder by Arctic Entries
Audrey Miller
Jun 11, 2019 • 7 min
Audrey Miller by Arctic Entries
Amy Malouf
Jun 11, 2019 • 8 min
Amy Malouf by Arctic Entries
CB Brady
Jun 11, 2019 • 8 min
CB Brady by Arctic Entries
Chelsea Kovalcsik - Fighting for Myself
Apr 30, 2019 • 7 min
Chelsea loves any excuse to dress up in costumes and will most definitely be the person “dancing” erratically on the dance floor. Her go-to karaoke song is “Real Slim Shady” and her life motto is, “full send, no goggles”. Chelsea is a firm believer in…
Kim Jones - Backpacking Williwaw
Apr 30, 2019 • 7 min
Kim has been in Alaska for a little over 7 years, but she was born in Harlan, Kentucky and spent most of her life in the South. So, if she is mad, tired, or angry you might be lucky enough to hear her southern accent come out. She and her husband are both…
Stacy Boles - Laughter that Lights Up the Sky
Apr 30, 2019 • 7 min
Stacy Boles is a mother of four and freelance producer. When she’s not at home singing into wooden spoons to liven up dinner, she’s crafting stories for television, commercials and films. While Stacy loves a good adventure, she prefers a story-worthy…
Mark Butler - The Anchorage Airport During 9/11
Apr 30, 2019 • 7 min
As a proud son of Cleveland, Ohio and its sports teams, Mark is a perennial optimist (and knows that WTNY means Waiting Till Next Year.) Now thoroughly immersed in all things Spenardian - Mark lives, works and “plays well with others” in Spenard as one of…
Jacenda Fletcher - Falling in Love
Apr 30, 2019 • 8 min
A product of parents from the peace, love & happiness generation, this apple doesn’t fall from from the tree. This entrepreneurial flower power gal is all about spreading good vibes & pushing the limits of life. Jacenda manufactures her own sunshine on…
Marietta “Ed” Hall - Loon Watch
Apr 30, 2019 • 5 min
Marietta “Ed” Hall lives in Anchorage with her husband and two boys. All are born and raised Alaskans. She works as a financial advisor with Alaska Permanent Capital Management to support her 30+ year rowing habit and other vices.
Paul L. Craig - Bicycling the Dalton Highway
Apr 30, 2019 • 8 min
Paul L. Craig is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. Dr. Craig has been practicing in Alaska since 1980. Paul is the father of three daughters - Heather, Hanna, and Marie. Being a father of daughters has been the biggest adventure of his life…
Russell Biggs - The Rejection Letter
Mar 29, 2019 • 9 min
Russell is a reluctant musician and the exploring companion to a large and fluffy Newfoundland dog with a skiing obsession. He told his best story to four people over a pot of potato fondue in Switzerland in 2010. As a 15-year resident of Anchorage, he is…
Julie Trustowski - Slingshot Water Balloon Launch
Mar 29, 2019 • 7 min
Julie grew up near Seattle but has made Alaska home for the last 30 years. She is a retired educator who loves rowing, and, along with her husband and son, enjoys skiing, biking, and spending time at their cabin near McCarthy
Becca Hayden - Putting Myself First
Mar 29, 2019 • 9 min
My name is Rebekah. I’m a middle school teacher and the mother of 3 kids. So, basically, I’m invincible. :) I love stories and feel we all have important ones to share.
Adam Weber - Copper River Whirlpool
Mar 29, 2019 • 7 min
Adam is a 35-year-old lifelong Alaskan. When he’s not working for Guardian Flight, he’s probably out biking, skiing, climbing, reading or sleeping. If he’s not doing any of those things, he’s probably up to no good.
Diego Delatorre - Crush
Mar 29, 2019 • 8 min
Diego is a senior at Service High School and is an outgoing person who loves to laugh. He’s part of the biomedical program at Service and is looking forward to someday attending medical school.
Cindi Squire - Building Community through the Snowbird Hut
Mar 29, 2019 • 8 min
Cindi has enjoyed the Alaskan outdoors for over 48 years. Her only child, the Snowbird Hut, is a constant source of joy and crazy experiences in her life. Volunteering for projects like this has put her in touch with an incredible community of outdoor…
Ross Johnston - My Acting Career
Mar 29, 2019 • 8 min
Ross is married to Grace, has a daughter named Faith, and is expecting his second bundle “Joy” shortly after this show. He founded Accelerate: Alaska because he thinks we need to start having REAL conversations about how Alaskans can impact our state’s…
Niles Woods - The Crossing
Jan 23, 2019 • 7 min
Niles Woods - The Crossing by Arctic Entries
O’Mead Rahmanian - Unity
Jan 16, 2019 • 8 min
Barred from higher education and faced with religious persecution because of his Baha’i faith, O’Mead decided to come to the US from Iran a month before the 1979 revolution. Within a year he was deported because of hostage crisis and became a refugee…
Anne M. Gore - The Little Kids
Jan 16, 2019 • 7 min
Born & raised in Ketchikan, Anne can trace her family roots back to Captain John Gore, who sailed to Alaska with Captain Cook aboard the HMS Resolution in 1778. She has 2 teenage sons who she loves madly but who are slowly driving her crazy.
Carter Brubaker - Minnesota Moon
Jan 16, 2019 • 7 min
Carter Brubaker is 15 years old and is a freshman at the Service High School Seminar School. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, nordic skiing with Alaska Winter Stars and ski jumping.
Alisa Elliott Rector - Backcountry Extravaganza
Jan 16, 2019 • 7 min
A lifelong Alaskan with wanderlust, Alisa is both shocked and thrilled to be setting her roots in her hometown of Anchorage after 31 years away. She most recently has been a Palmer girl for the past 17 years, with a short interlude on the Big Island. She…
Charlie Procknow - Rental Car Insurance
Jan 16, 2019 • 7 min
Charlie is a local family doctor who is in love with Anchorage. He is an avid skier and runner and passionate but rhythmically limited bachata dancer. He is proud to have recently solidified his Alaskaness by obtaining his first pair of XtraTufs.
Joanne Singleton - Dream, Believe, Achieve
Jan 16, 2019 • 6 min
Joanne is originally from Scotland and finds Alaska is quite similar…except for all the snow, the vastness of the landscape, bears, earthquakes, and volcanoes!!!! Okay so both places are very green in the summer and the people are great. She especially…
Clara Baldwin - Two Cultures, One Heart
Dec 11, 2018 • 9 min
Oakland breed. Hapa: Japanese and British. Uses her hands to talk. Uses her face to yell. Hogs over mochi. Does not carry heavy bags but she lifts, bro. When she clocks in at 8:30, she has six kids. When she clocks out at 4:00 she has zero kids.
Elana Habib - My Soul Babe
Dec 11, 2018 • 8 min
Accused of being a workaholic and/or hustler, Elana works two jobs, one in public health where she attempts to prevent the negatives of using substances, and the other teaching students/being a student herself about public health promotion. When she’s not…
Ben Kellie - Third Time’s a Charm?
Dec 11, 2018 • 8 min
Ben was born and raised flying around remote Alaska and spent a few years Outside working for SpaceX, where he helped build launch and landing sites. He now co-owns K2 Dronotics, where they fly drones and work with rocket start-ups around the US. He has a…
Ezra Jay - Making a Difference
Dec 11, 2018 • 6 min
Ezra has spent many years flying small planes in various countries bringing public health services to remote and isolated villages. Now he’s building Greenstand, a platform that fights climate change and extreme poverty by using technology to employ…
Michiyo Harper - The Taste of America
Dec 11, 2018 • 11 min
Michiyo has been living in Alaska for 32 years, and this is her home now. She feels lucky to live in Alaska. Being Japanese, she loves the “all you can eat salmon”, if she can catch it.
Zoey Bigelow - The Best Love Story, Ever
Dec 11, 2018 • 6 min
Zoey skips when she is happy, which is most of the time. She’s also exceptionally skilled in the art of trying.
Mandi Jay - My Greatest “Too Much” Moment
Dec 11, 2018 • 7 min
Raised on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies, Mandi spent her youth adventuring and fundraising with her local Boy Scout Troop 223. As a young adult, she moved around the state until finally she made a great leap of faith and for the price of a…
Taylor DiBiasio - Who Says Cancer Treatment Can’t Have a Blooper Reel?
Nov 26, 2018 • 7 min
While Taylor could very easily use this bio to endlessly list interesting facts about himself, he has instead decided to identify the Disney character that most accurately epitomizes his sparkling personality, supporting cast member mentality, and comedic…
E.J.R. David - Why Are You Here?
Nov 26, 2018 • 7 min
E.J.R. David is a father, husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He enjoys writing and talking, especially if the writing and the talking will get him into necessary trouble. Other than this, his main duty is to drive his family to their…
Nevaeh Miller - Another Alaska Statistic
Nov 26, 2018 • 7 min
Nevaeh Miller is a gregarious cat and dog loving Hispanic female. First in her bloodline to graduate high school and college with an Associate’s in Automotive Technology from the University of Anchorage Alaska.
Jolene Campbell - Splitting from the Cycle
Nov 26, 2018 • 6 min
Jolene is a proud Alaskan Native and a self-made super woman. She wears many hats but her favorites are of a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. When she has free time she enjoys spending it with family, her numerous pets, and reading.
Marie Acemah - My Awkward Phase with Anchorage
Nov 26, 2018 • 8 min
Marie is a mama of two, an educator, a traveller, and a story-midwife. She runs See Stories (, an organization that engages youth throughout Alaska in creating documentary films that share vital community stories. Two truths…
Naomi Hagelund - Newfound Freedom
Nov 26, 2018 • 8 min
Naomi is a born-and-raised Alaskan, passionate about writing, wine and bluegrass. She spends her days working in public relations at a non-profit, where she brings her dog, Whiskey, every day. She spends her weekends looking for live music to see or…
Erynne DeVorre - Caught the Feels
Nov 26, 2018 • 6 min
Erynne is an almost lifelong Alaskan, minus a short stint in Maryland after college where she decided she didn’t like people as much as she thought she did and couldn’t live around millions of them. She’s a single mom of two kids and spends most of her…
Autumn Hoibakk - On Call for the Holiday
Oct 25, 2018 • 7 min
Autumn Hoibakk - On Call for the Holiday by Arctic Entries
Bryan Clifford Dunagan - I Still Had the Gun
Oct 25, 2018 • 8 min
Bryan Clifford Dunagan - I Still Had the Gun by Arctic Entries
Daniel Cohen - How Many Bottles of Wine Equals a Ford Taurus?
Oct 25, 2018 • 8 min
Daniel Cohen - How Many Bottles of Wine Equals a Ford Taurus? by Arctic Entries
T Frank Box - Brain Injury Ninja Warrior
Oct 25, 2018 • 10 min
T Frank Box - Brain Injury Ninja Warrior by Arctic Entries
Jeff King - Life & Death in the Yukon
Oct 25, 2018 • 8 min
Jeff King - Life & Death in the Yukon by Arctic Entries
Sarah Reynolds Westin - The Crab Onesie
Oct 25, 2018 • 7 min
Sarah Reynolds Westin - The Crab Onesie by Arctic Entries
Sean Johnson - The Dream Ride
Oct 25, 2018 • 7 min
Sean Johnson - The Dream Ride by Arctic Entries
Ellen Piekarski - Epic Road Trip
Sep 21, 2018 • 7 min
A former military brat, Ellen Piekarski (Pie-car-ski) is currently an amazing wife for over 22 years and mother of five awesome kids. In her free time, she teaches Math at East High and goes on hikes. Her greatest talent is saying the alphabet backwards…
Tam Agosti-Gisler - An International Love Story
Sep 21, 2018 • 8 min
Tam Agosti-Gisler (Ah-gauze-tea Geez-lure) arrived in Alaska with her family as a toddler in the year of statehood. She’s had a lifelong relationship with the Anchorage School District—first as a student, then as a teacher and a parent of children in the…
Marcia Howell - Sex, Drugs, and…Disco
Sep 21, 2018 • 9 min
On a good day, Marcia feels that her life is full of love, laughter, maybe a couple tears and warm companionship. On a bad day, she checks out Alaska Airlines for good deals to take her to a new adventure. On all days, she tries to remember to feel…
Westley Dahlgren - Distancing Myself from Darkness
Sep 21, 2018 • 8 min
Raised in Anchorage, Westley graduated from the University of Wyoming in addition to studying abroad at the Carl von Ossietzky Universitat in Oldenburg, Germany. He is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys all things involving mountains and…
Kathy Chastain - Journey to Authenticity
Sep 21, 2018 • 8 min
Kathy identifies as a reformed Southern Belle who has made the transition from not knowing that she was high maintenance to now living without pretense and being able to go places without her purse matching her shoes, wearing makeup, and fixin’ her hair.…
Daniella Shepard - My First Night of Bootcamp
Sep 21, 2018 • 6 min
Daniella is an electrical engineer and ex-navy nuclear electrician’s mate who pulled up anchor at eighteen in California. Through many twists and turns, she made her way to Alaska. When she’s not playing with live electricity, you can find her in her…
John Pearce - Leaving the Room
Sep 21, 2018 • 7 min
John came to Alaska as an interpreter for Russian biologists 30 years ago. He is looking for a way to slow down time so he and Elizabeth can enjoy their teenage boys a little longer before they leave home, which they claim they will. His favorite joke…
Paul Ongtooguk - Relocation
May 22, 2018 • 8 min
Paul graduated from high school in Nome, and has been with the University of Alaska Anchorage for 17 years. He has a daughter who is an award-winning poet, three grandkids, and a wonderful nephew and great nieces. Paul has lived in Nome, Kotzebue,…
Carmel Walder - Who Knew Things Could be Better
May 22, 2018 • 8 min
Carmel was born and raised in Southeast Alaska, and has loved watching three generations of family grow here. A fortune teller once revealed to her that she would someday have a story to tell, and someone would come find her to tell it. And now, here she…
Margaret Anderson - World War II and Seward
May 22, 2018 • 9 min
Margaret has been a lifelong Seward resident since 1933, the mother of four children and mother-in-law to four more. In that time, she operated a seafood processing plant with her kids, and is now involved in local politics and community affairs.
Donna Walker - I’m Here to Stay
May 22, 2018 • 8 min
After a childhood spent in Alabama and then Hawaii, Donna headed Alaska in 1976, where she was the recreation director for the Glennallen construction camp during the building of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, after which she met and married Bill Walker…
Penny Scales Fairbanks - Tony My Brother
May 22, 2018 • 7 min
Penny is a 49-year resident of Alaska. The mother of dachshunds and yogi enthusiasts, she has been a hairdresser for 38 years.
Mao Tosi - The Power of Love
May 22, 2018 • 7 min
Born in American Samoa, Mao grew up playing basketball and football in Alaska. In 2000, he was taken in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals, where he led the defensive line in tackles, as a rookie. Injured in his third season, he…
Adil Raja - From Pakistan to Alaska
May 22, 2018 • 8 min
Adil is a first-generation Pakistani American who loves to workout, play sports, and socialize. He’s always trying to plan the next vacation and is a strong believer in karma.
Michele Whaley - Overcoming Obstacles
May 9, 2018 • 8 min
Michele is a lifelong Alaskan who has been teaching in one form or another since she was in fourth grade. When she’s not teaching, she prefers to be rowing, Nordic skating, or hiking. Her eclectic family includes a musician, an actress, and an outdoor…
Rebecca Tracy - Masking Memories
May 9, 2018 • 5 min
Rebecca is a born-and-raised Alaskan, who loves technology and is a connoisseur of novelty mugs. Often she is found luxuriating at home watching TV with her two feline furbabies. Ultimate life goal? Travel the world!
Charlie Collins - Industrial Espionage Device
May 9, 2018 • 7 min
Charlie moved to Anchorage from New York City with 21 boxes, a backpack, and 2 duffle bags. He likes cycling, skiing, beer, and building things. He once had an odd job.
Bennett Pearce - My Short Story
May 9, 2018 • 6 min
Bennett is a 15-year-old from Anchorage currently attending West High School. He’s a saxophone-playing short person who likes to be outside as much as possible. When not outside, he’s typically working on bikes or busy with homework.
Alisha Hilde - Latchkey Kids
May 9, 2018 • 7 min
World traveler, adequate mom to three great kids, and wife to a guy who thinks biking up hills is fun, Alisha is an estate planning attorney, helping people plan for their future. In this case, “future” is a nice way of saying “death.” Her great claim to…
Amy Farnham - The Dark Side of the Moon
May 9, 2018 • 7 min
Amy shares other true-to-life stories on her blog, Lately, she’s been writing about evangelicalism and sex. She’s also working on a divorce memoir (working title: Never Covered with Shame). When she’s not writing, you might find…
Danelle Winn - Anchorage Drivers
May 9, 2018 • 7 min
Danelle is a third-generation Alaskan who has followed in her father’s footsteps as a mental health professional here in Anchorage. She also enjoys trail running, triathlons and teaching mountain biking.
Bill Popp - Secrets Uncovered
Mar 14, 2018 • 8 min
Bill Popp came to Alaska in the winter of 1968 as a military brat arriving from Phoenix via the Alcan Hwy. Graduating from East High in 1977, he married his wife Nicole in 1979. After several careers, serving in political office, and growing corn and…
Charlotte Foley - Helicopter Insurance
Mar 14, 2018 • 8 min
Charlotte is an intrepid hiker, climber, runner, skier, and people-watcher. She once biked across the country, subsisting primarily on peanut butter and bananas. Charlotte is originally from New Hampshire and moved to Anchorage in 2014. When she’s not at…
Catherine Ormberg - My Child-Rearing Motto
Mar 14, 2018 • 8 min
Originally from Minnesota, Catherine has lived in Alaska for 20-plus years. She has three kids, two dogs, and one husband. She’s a nurse, and is part of a band.
Linda Weiford - Standing with #MeToo
Mar 14, 2018 • 8 min
Linda is a journalist who got her start covering the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in 1980. Despite (or perhaps because of?) a horrific wardrobe malfunction and swearing loudly on live TV as the volcano erupted, her career took off and brought her across…
Lizbeth Meredith - Happily Enough Ever After
Mar 14, 2018 • 7 min
Lizbeth works for state government. Her memoir, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters, was featured in Buzzfeed, Brit&Co., and Reader’s Digest.
Kate Bragg - Placenta Tree
Mar 14, 2018 • 7 min
Kate, a self-proclaimed certified badass #platinumstatus, is a born-and-raised Alaskan who has done her time ‘Outside’ long enough to know AK is her home. When she is not saving this Great State one cleanup at a time as an environmental engineer, Kate is…
Jessica Yang - Treat Your Sisters Well
Mar 14, 2018 • 7 min
Jessica is a sophomore at West High School with a passion for music, traveling, and the outdoors. She spent her entire childhood outside in Alaska, whether it was cross-country skiing or hiking, and she absolutely adores traveling, especially…
Sarah Freije - Do Not Look at the Light
Feb 27, 2018 • 7 min
Sarah is a mother, photographer, and lifelong Alaskan. She loves to travel, and once schlepped a nun costume around Europe for five weeks just so she could spin around in the Austrian Alps singing “the hills are alive with the sound of music,”for a few…
Darl Schaaff - My Father’s Ashes
Feb 27, 2018 • 10 min
Darl has been in Alaska nearly 40 years and plans parties for a living. When asked what his autobiography would be called, he responded: Don’t Try to Out-Southern Me. He claims to be only slightly less dysfunctional than the rest of his family.
Daniel - My Amsterdam Trip
Feb 27, 2018 • 8 min
Daniel recently quit his job and started school in what may only be a premature midlife crisis. He grew up in North Pole, but currently lives in Anchorage.
Zac - Leave No Trace Behind
Feb 27, 2018 • 7 min
Zac grew up in Talkeetna where he learned many things, including how to get drunk. Two weekends ago he practiced being drunk and that’s why he’s here.
Jake Malouf - Escaping the Glass Cage
Feb 27, 2018 • 7 min
Jake grew up in Utah, bounced around Europe and Africa for a few years, and moved to Anchorage in 2002. He describes himself as a mountain guy with a flair for the arts. He is happily married to Amy Malouf. So far they have climbed, along with their…
Jeff Landfield - The Time I was Kidnapped in Ukraine at Gunpoint
Feb 27, 2018 • 7 min
Jeff moved to Alaska in 2004. He graduated from UAA in 2009 and worked in the IT and telecom industry for 7 years. He has run for the state senate twice, unsuccessfully (maybe third time is the charm?). He is widely known around Alaska for the…
Sarah Jane Shine - Office Romance
Feb 27, 2018 • 8 min
Sarah is a born-and-raised Alaskan. When she is not working as an employment attorney, Sarah loves to spend time exploring and adventuring with friends and family. She is a big fan of tutus and fanny packs.
MoHagani Magnetek - Wonder Woman in Chains
Jan 23, 2018 • 9 min
With fist pounding on the lunchroom table for a bass beat in the 5th grade, this Wonder Woman used to be known as Kid Dynamite. Over the years, she cultivated her poetry, creative writing and emcee skills through contests, published works and open mics…
Kokayi Nosakhere - 100 Calories a Day
Jan 23, 2018 • 6 min
Kokayi attended the Million Man March on October 16, 1995. Since that day, he has dedicated himself to addressing social injustice, using very interesting means to do so.
Gabriela Olmos - Poetry Can Save Lives
Jan 23, 2018 • 7 min
Gabriela’s native language is Spanish. Growing up, she thought that by memorizing all the words in the dictionary, she could better understand the world in which she lived, and made it all the way through M, before having to set the task aside. Many years…
Nettie LaBelle-Hamer - Fuel to Succeed
Jan 23, 2018 • 7 min
Nettie is a lifelong Alaskan who moved back to Fairbanks after a brief period of misspent youth in Berkeley, California. She and her husband continue to toil in the cold and dark of Fairbanks, where they successfully raised two children. Their now-adult…
Sarah Evans - Queens of Bristol Bay
Jan 23, 2018 • 9 min
Sarah is from Dillingham, newish to Anchorage. She spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, or sitting somewhere with a drink in her hand obsessing over AK politics.
Nikka-Angela Macaraeg - Santa is Real!
Dec 14, 2017 • 8 min
Nikka is a proud believer in the magic of the Christmas season— and she thinks you should be, too.
Tim Nixon - A Career Spent in Service to Others
Dec 14, 2017 • 7 min
Tim got to Alaska as soon as he could, arriving a dozen years ago on the two year plan, although it’s unclear where exactly he came from. No matter, Alaska is home now. When he’s not busy experimenting in the kitchen or listening to music, he’s often…
Corey and Ginny Jackson - Our Foster Journey
Dec 14, 2017 • 7 min
Corey is a flight paramedic with LifeMed Alaska; Ginny is an EMS battalion Chief and paramedic supervisor with the Matsu Borough. Their teenagers would often roll their eyes and proclaim the 4 p’s: overProtective-paranoid-paramedic- parents! They are just…
Terre Kimble - The Pain of Losing a Child
Dec 14, 2017 • 8 min
Terre was born in Washington, but has lived in Anchorage since ‘77 and considers herself a true Alaskan. She is a wife, a mother of three, and a 25-year career flight attendant. She loves live theatre and is honored to be sharing her story.
Ben Breun - Lesson Learned
Dec 14, 2017 • 6 min
Ben is 16 years old and a junior at West Anchorage High School; he especially loves the three month break that comes every May. He enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with friends, any chance he can get.
Teeka Ballas - No More Secrets
Dec 14, 2017 • 7 min
Teeka is a Language Arts teacher at Begich Middle School, the executive director of Alaska Theatre of Youth, a writer and artist, and one of the owners and the events coordinator of The Writer’s Block—a bookstore, café, and performance space. Set to open…
Olivia Cohn - Shorebird Festival
Dec 14, 2017 • 8 min
Olivia moved to Alaska from Chicago in 2013 to continue to pursue her personal interests and professional career in environmental work. She likes bad jokes, good weather, and nice people. Olivia originally hails from Pure Michigan, America’s high five.
Amanda Dale - Beauty and Acceptance
Nov 26, 2017 • 8 min
Amanda is happy to be home in Anchorage after a decade away. Her big challenge this week is figuring out what winter gear to get—any advice?—so that she can spend enough time outside this winter to feel like a real Alaskan again. Her job, which is…
Zachariah Hughes - Hitting My Alaska Puberty
Nov 26, 2017 • 8 min
Zachariah is a reporter for Alaska Public Media in Anchorage. His work has appeared nationally on NPR, Marketplace, and The Guardian, as well as the Iditapod, a podcast about the Iditarod. He grew up in New England, and has lived abroad in Turkey and the…
Melanie Bladow - Chemistry of Attraction
Nov 26, 2017 • 8 min
Originally from Anchorage, Melanie believes that you can find an adventure in every day if you know where to look. She has three life goals: to build an international career, to be someone’s crazy aunt, and to collect fabulous tales to tell from her…
Emma Brooks - From Darkness Comes Light
Nov 26, 2017 • 7 min
Emma is a lifelong Alaskan. She plans on becoming rich and famous soon.
Raj Modi - 1.8 GPA, 4.0 Sarcasm
Nov 26, 2017 • 7 min
Raj moved to Alaska in 2014. After completing his education in Montana, he decided he was prepared to move to a big city, thus, he chose Anchorage, the biggest city of Alaska. His hobbies includes fishing, reading nonfiction books and tasting beer. By…
Becca Patterson - Facing Your Fears
Nov 26, 2017 • 7 min
Becca is 37 weeks pregnant. If she has to run off stage for a mid-show potty break, she hopes you’ll understand.
Quinn Bates Janigo - Saving Fishes Lives
Nov 26, 2017 • 6 min
Quinn is a lifelong Alaskan and a 15-year-old sophomore at Dimond High School. He first told his story in his high school English class for a program called Story Works.
Nicole Stellon O’Donnell - Being a Cancer Parent
Oct 8, 2017 • 10 min
Nicole lives in Fairbanks, where teaches English at a school for incarcerated youth. She’s the author of Steam Laundry. Her second book, You Are No Longer in Trouble is forthcoming in 2019.
Bill Bittner - Teenage Earthquake Angst
Oct 8, 2017 • 7 min
Bill grew up in Anchorage in the 1950’s and 60’s. He lived in a log house with his parents, two sisters and a dog named Mickey. Every February, he looked forward to strapping on his mukluks and being flung in the air during the Fur Rendezvous blanket…
Gregory Nothstine - Together We Can Reach New Heights
Oct 8, 2017 • 8 min
Gregory (Tungwenuk) is a lifelong Alaskan. Raised by his Inupiaq grandmother in Nome, Inupiaq was his first language. He is a member of Kingikmiut Singers & Dancers of Anchorage. He has traveled to over 35 Alaska Native communities and collected over…
Jeff Campbell - Oklahoma City Bombing
Oct 8, 2017 • 7 min
Jeff is an IT Operations Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers. He also recently retired from the Alaska Air National Guard after 25 years of service. Jeff enjoys many types of cycling (aka two-wheel therapy) and spoiling his grandsons. While he may…
Rebekah Arnold - Finding Myself
Oct 8, 2017 • 7 min
An Inupiaq born and raised in Kotzebue, Bekah enjoys the adventures and misadventures of life out of the ’bue. A BBA graduate and outdoor enthusiast, Bekah now works at Alaska Pacific University, where glacier tours are just another part of the job. Bekah…
Gretchen Day - Tame
Oct 8, 2017 • 8 min
In 1990, Gretchen moved from the Lower 48 to Bethel, sight unseen, for a one-year contract. She stayed for five years before leaving for graduate school in Seattle. Currently, she works as a biostatistician in health research here in Anchorage, and is the…
Larry Houle - Trans-Alaska Pipeline
Sep 18, 2017 • 10 min
As a teenager in the 60’s, Larry moved from Seattle to Alaska, first to Kenai then Anchorage. After college, he took a job in California, where he met his future wife Sunnie. They married and returned to Anchorage to live, work and raise their three sons:…
Leisha Nolen - Ebola Outbreak
Sep 18, 2017 • 7 min
Leisha arrived in Alaska last summer after many years of traveling and working around the world. She is a pediatrician; however, she has decided to hang up her stethoscope and work to stomp out disease through public health.
Nyakor Kueth - Fleeing War
Sep 18, 2017 • 9 min
Nyakor is the mother of nine children and owns a business here in Anchorage. She was born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, after her father migrated to the country in 1975. Twenty years later, she moved with her family to the United States. Five months…
Zakiya McCummings - Sadness Creeping Back
Sep 18, 2017 • 9 min
Zakiya a local journalist and student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is the proud owner of 35 liquid lipsticks and continues to search for a perfect taco in Anchorage.
Eric Glatt - AIG Bailout
Sep 18, 2017 • 7 min
For his midlife crisis, Eric bought something more expensive than a Porsche: a law degree and a career in public service.
Bridgette Ellis - Record Breaking Flight
Sep 18, 2017 • 9 min
Bridgette moved to Alaska in 1989 with her father, mother, and four sisters. She now runs a solo legal practice. Bridgette loves her work, helping families as an attorney for parents and children in Child In Need of Aid cases, and as a mediator in a…
Rachel Mills - My Fear of Flying
Sep 18, 2017 • 8 min
Rachel is from Seattle. She has a Master’s in Botany from the University of Minnesota. She has studied plants in the Australian rainforests of far north Queensland, and she loves to give impromptu lectures on invasive species and the differences between…
Matthew Cahill - The Bear Who Tried to Eat My Courage
Aug 18, 2017 • 11 min
Matthew Cahill - The Bear Who Tried to Eat My Courage by Arctic Entries
Megan Johnson - Modesty
Aug 18, 2017 • 12 min
Megan Johnson - Modesty by Arctic Entries
Rhonda Anderson - Stranded
Aug 18, 2017 • 7 min
Rhonda Anderson - Stranded by Arctic Entries
Brent Williams - Slaying Bears with Jimmy Buffett Songs
Aug 18, 2017 • 7 min
Brent Williams - Slaying Bears with Jimmy Buffett Songs by Arctic Entries
Johanna Sestito - My Romantic Adventure
Aug 18, 2017 • 7 min
Johanna Sestito - My Romantic Adventure by Arctic Entries
Becca Shier & Amanda Metevier - Foster Care
May 15, 2017 • 7 min
Becca loves freckles, cats, and 90’s hip-hop. She hails from Spenard and likes to swear. Her heart is happy when her community is strong and healthy.
Katy & John Laurance - The Dragon
May 15, 2017 • 8 min
Katy and John are high school sweethearts born, raised, and married in Anchorage. After 12 years away, living in Seattle, they’ve returned home to raise their two boys and share with them all the adventures Alaska has to offer.
Erin McKittrick & Bretwood “Hig” Higman - Quicksand
May 15, 2017 • 7 min
Erin is a writer, scientist, and a compulsive adventurer. She’s lived in Alaska for a decade and walked about 8,000 miles of it, much of that with her two young kids. Her latest book is Mud Flats and Fish Camps: 800 Miles around Alaska’s Cook Inlet.…
Luz Preciado Mendez & Anaely Leon de Hernandez - The Great Privilege of Teaching
May 15, 2017 • 8 min
Luz is a first generation Mexican immigrant who has lived in Alaska most of her life. She enjoys traveling with her Fiancé Andy all over the world, embracing different people and cultures. Anaely has spent her days working as a classroom teacher for the…
David & Debbie Lockard - David and Debbie’s Story
May 15, 2017 • 6 min
David and Debbie are a cliché: she is a teacher, and he is an engineer. He likes to hunt and fish, and she likes to cook and go to church. They have two kids, a dog, and a mortgage.
Josie Garton & Paul Barendregt - Mount Marcus Baker & the Beacon
May 15, 2017 • 7 min
Josie grew up in Wisconsin. There may be a food on this Earth more delicious than deep-fried cheese curds, Josie has yet to encounter it. Paul is a first-generation American, autodidact, and Renaissance man. Recently retired from the military, he is using…
Nick Jenkins - They’re Only Sausages!
Apr 17, 2017 • 8 min
Nick is a father, ski bum, and guide.
Adyson Hayden - Two Types of Fun
Apr 17, 2017 • 8 min
Adyson spent her early childhood in Wyoming but moved to Valdez with her family as a teenager. She loves all things outdoors and daydreams of the next adventure. She has one dog named Otter and a stellar husband whom she continuously drags on random…
Ira Perman - My First Visit to Whittier
Apr 17, 2017 • 8 min
Ira is the Executive Director of The Atwood Foundation, one of Alaska’s oldest and largest family philanthropies. The foundation provides grants and scholarships for education, arts and journalism projects. A 40-year resident of Spenard, he and his wife…
Joe Meehan - The Wave
Apr 17, 2017 • 6 min
Having grown up in the semi-wilds of New York’s Adirondack Mountains and in the total wilds of 11 siblings, Joe came to Alaska 30 years ago in search of more wild experiences. As a wildlife biologist and park ranger, he has worked in many wild places and…
Jaron Saturnino - The Worst Alaskan
Apr 17, 2017 • 8 min
Jaron is a web designer and the editor in chief of The Literature Box of the Internet. He spends his time tilting pinball machines, writing bad jokes, and smelling weird.
Anonymous - Index Cards & Mr. Sketch Markers
Apr 17, 2017 • 7 min
Her passion for living shapes how she views and interacts in the world. Her love for learning opened the door for her career as an educator and teacher. Her curiosity about other cultures led her to travel the world, immersing herself in new cultures as…
Joshua Bassett - Who Dis?
Apr 17, 2017 • 8 min
Forrest Gump is the greatest movie of all time. And that’s all he has to say about that.
Tammy Griffin - Don’t Mess with the Alaskan Girl
Mar 21, 2017 • 10 min
Tammy is a lifelong Alaskan and the General Manager at Crowne Plaza Anchorage Midtown. Not your average “Rambolina” but considered a pretty tough lady whom you’d want on your team during a crisis.
Eve Van Dommelen - What was That…
Mar 21, 2017 • 6 min
When Eve was a child, she was convinced she was a fairy. Her whimsical back-woods Bird Creek upbringing only encouraged this sentiment. When not on the Arctic Entries stage, you will find her frolicking in magical mountain passes.
Molly Brenner - Get it Grandma
Mar 21, 2017 • 8 min
Molly starred in the 1999 made-for-TV movie Asteroid. Okay, her part got left on the cutting room floor, but her performance riding a bike across the street was Oscar worthy, she promises. When not starring in made-for-TV movies, Molly still rides her…
Charlene Juliussen - Moose Emergency
Mar 21, 2017 • 7 min
Charlene is a lifelong Native Alaskan from Kenai. She has lived in Anchorage since graduating from UAA and works as a manager at an Alaska Native regional corporation.
Leyla Arsan - Adventure Education
Mar 21, 2017 • 9 min
Leyla was born in Hong Kong and grew up across the globe. Seeking adventure from a young age, she pursued an undergraduate degree in what her family calls “professional camping” or what is otherwise known as environmental science and adventure education.…
Lucas Schlemme - Bear Spray
Mar 21, 2017 • 6 min
Lucas spends his summers as a wild land firefighter, and his winters chasing snow and adventure both domestic and abroad. You’ll be happy to hear at this time there are no long-lasting physical effects from the incident featured in Lucas’s story. The jury…
Jay Stange - Goodnight Buzz
Mar 21, 2017 • 8 min
Jay doesn’t just admit to living in Spenard with a chicken coop and a compost pile—he proudly proclaims it. He’s a husband, a dad, a high school teacher, a community activist and a year-round bike commuter.
Emily Larabee - Kit Kittredge & the Roomba
Mar 8, 2017 • 7 min
Emily is a sophomore at West High. She is described by her friends as a 5’7 and 3/4” ball of fury, with mediocre reflexes and advanced voice projection. Her activities include excessive hair twirling, mispronunciation of common words, and canoeing.
Harry Harper - Love Finds a Way
Feb 17, 2017 • 12 min
Harry and his twin brother Larry were born in February 1947. Two years later, Larry died due to complications from an experimental Blue Baby Syndrome corrective surgery. Harry knows that Larry has been orchestrating his life from the very beginning. Harry…
Tami Lubitsh - The Curse
Feb 17, 2017 • 7 min
Tami was born and raised in Israel. After working as a journalist and theater director, she became a psychologist. She is currently a provider at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, and is proud to be part of a great team of people devoted to…
Leanna Heffner - The Truth
Feb 17, 2017 • 7 min
Leanna embodies the dichotomy of order and structure mixed with a good dose of free-spiritedness. Basically, she likes to straddle boundaries, build bridges, move between worlds, and sample everything at the salad bar. Leanna has a Ph.D. in oceanography…
Phillip Charette - The One
Feb 17, 2017 • 6 min
Phillip comes from Yup’ik and Quebecois families found on the lower Kuskokwim River and Valleyfield, Canada, respectively. He is a life-long artist, educator, musician, playwright, and storyteller currently working at the Alaska Native Heritage Center as…
Annie Moylan - Through Thick & Thin
Feb 17, 2017 • 7 min
For Annie, her grandmother’s sudden death at her grandfather’s wake would remain the most compelling story of her youth—a story her mother would retell at holiday gatherings so often because it drew folks in. Tonight’s story came from a text Annie sent a…
Candace Blas - To a Stranger
Feb 17, 2017 • 6 min
Candace lives with her wife, Jen Novobilski, and their two cats, Oliver and Ipa. Before they were married, Jen told her that the cats were part of the package and that she would always have two cats. Despite the sneezing and feline hair everywhere,…
Don Lee - Smell of Fear!
Jan 24, 2017 • 8 min
Don Lee - Smell of Fear! by Arctic Entries
Wendy Battino - Taking a Stand
Jan 24, 2017 • 10 min
Wendy Battino - Taking a Stand by Arctic Entries
Peter Mathiesen - My Move to Alaska
Jan 24, 2017 • 7 min
Peter Mathiesen - My Move to Alaska by Arctic Entries
Larry Rivers - Hunting Trip
Jan 24, 2017 • 9 min
Larry Rivers - Hunting Trip by Arctic Entries
Chrissy Sloan - Go Get Mr. Jones!
Jan 24, 2017 • 9 min
Chrissy Sloan - Go Get Mr. Jones! by Arctic Entries
Robin Rivers - Lift, Mold, Correct, & Hold
Jan 24, 2017 • 6 min
Robin Rivers - Lift, Mold, Correct, & Hold by Arctic Entries
Will Peterson - Thanksgiving Traditions
Jan 24, 2017 • 7 min
Will Peterson - Thanksgiving Traditions by Arctic Entries
Cierra Mickens - The Voice
Jan 12, 2017 • 7 min
Cierra grew up just north of normal in Eagle River. She is the youngest of five children, and in case you were wondering, yes, she is the favorite. While she is a lifelong Alaskan, Cierra has managed to never set foot in the great outdoors. Her likes:…
Stephanie Nichols - Hey Dogs!
Jan 12, 2017 • 8 min
Stephanie was born and raised in Fairbanks, but when she left Alaska for college out-of-state, she thought she’d never look back. Well, after many adventures throughout the country and around the world for both school and work, she did look back and has…
Kristin Vantrease - Boat Detectives
Jan 12, 2017 • 7 min
Kristin is a high school English teacher, printmaker and third generation fisherwoman. She has spent the last 12 summers commercial fishing with her family out of Naknek. Growing up in Homer, her parents helped to cultivate a deep love of traveling and…
Jim Forbes - Quaker Not a Communist
Jan 12, 2017 • 9 min
Jim made a career as an attorney in Alaska before moving into nonprofit work in California and dirt work in Oregon. He spends his metal energy contemplating Citizen’s United and organic compost (not together), and all his airline miles flying back and…
Anonymous - High-Seas
Jan 12, 2017 • 8 min
Anonymous - High-Seas by Arctic Entries
Stephanie Phillips - Revenge is a Fish Best Served Cold
Jan 12, 2017 • 8 min
Stephanie hails from the tropical suburbs of Florida. She came to Alaska for the first time in 2011 to lead land tours for a cruise line. The following year, she surprised her family and friends by claiming, “I was born for the tundra,” throwing caution…
Brooke Edwards - Everything is Great
Jan 12, 2017 • 7 min
Brooke likes to dabble in all things wilderness while tickling her creative poetic muse. That’s a cute way of saying, she makes her living as a seasonal guide and educator in Alaska, because we all know poetry doesn’t pay. She has a penchant for dirty…
Wendy Smith-Wood - Relying on a Stranger
Dec 19, 2016 • 7 min
Wendy has done many different things in her life: British Army Officer, Outward Bound Instructor, Mountain Guide, Musher, Aid Worker, Travel Guide, Silk Shibori Artist. She has travelled to many of the remotest places in the world, and is now happily…
Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz - Thirty-Three
Dec 19, 2016 • 7 min
Oscar is an immigrant from Colombia who grew up riding bikes throughout Anchorage. A recent father of two, he is exploring what he wants to do for the next phase of his life. Oscar often wonders how his life experiences differ from those of others and…
Juan Martinez-Paredes - The High Five
Dec 19, 2016 • 7 min
Juan is a hockey fanatic. He moved from Mexico City to Alaska in 2012. Juan loves Marvel and Star Wars. He is 16 years old and attends West Anchorage High School. Enchiladas are his favorite food.
Ole Fair - Shared Rebellion
Dec 19, 2016 • 7 min
Ole spent his early childhood in Unalakleet listening to stories of the coast as told by the wind howling through frosty window-panes, over snow machine windshields, or through the fur ruff on his mother’s parka. He now lives in Anchorage and with his…
Chrissy Sloan - Go Get Mr. Jones!
Dec 19, 2016 • 8 min
Chrissy was born and raised in Parma, Idaho and attended the University of Idaho to become a counselor. She did that for a few years and then decided to try teaching. Teaching has taken her all over the world from the Middle East to New Jersey and now to…
Laura Lundell - Raw Culture
Dec 19, 2016 • 7 min
Born in California and raised in Chugiak, Laura grew up determined to leave this cold and desolate state. After 11 years of teaching, traveling and adventuring around the globe, she is back in her home state, reacquainting herself with what it means to be…
Eric Rodgers - Tango Yoga
Dec 19, 2016 • 7 min
Eric is an Alaskan Grown musical mountain man day-lighting as an engineer and board member for the Anchorage Folk Festival. He can be found playing with local groups High Lonesome Sound and The Hot Club of Nunaka while designing mechanical systems for…
Katy Laurance - Home
Nov 21, 2016 • 8 min
Katy was born and raised in Anchorage, and recently returned to Alaska with her family after eight years in Washington. Her Arctic Entries performance is the culmination of a year of taking epic chances, including leaving her job, starting a new business,…
Nyachan Chuar - Translator
Nov 21, 2016 • 5 min
Nyachan is a Justice student at UAA. Born in Ethiopia, her family migrated to the U.S. due to the continuous civil war in her home country of South Sudan. Nyachan’s friends often give her crap for her poor storytelling abilities. Now joke’s on them!
Helen Nienhueser - Right to Choose
Nov 21, 2016 • 9 min
Helen grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Alaska in 1959. She spent the 60’s having kids and homesteading in Eagle River Valley. In 1970 she became chair of the Alliance for Humane Abortions. That experience changed her view of herself and women and what…
Teresa Gray - Helping Hand
Nov 21, 2016 • 7 min
Teresa is a 25-year paramedic whose career includes metro, rural, flight and SWAT medicine. For the past 18 years, she has lived in Alaska where she owned and operated 3 paramedic schools, flew medevac and ran ambulance 911. Teresa is an educator,…
J.C. Croft - 21 and 3/4 Miles
Nov 21, 2016 • 6 min
Hailing from Anchorage since birth, J.C. has made it a mission to see as much of Alaska as he can. In constant awe of nature, he likes to spend time in the woods or by the water and won’t shut up about his deer hunting trip next week. He enjoys thinking…
Britteny Howell - The Trip
Nov 21, 2016 • 7 min
Britteny hails from Detroit and has lived in Anchorage for four years. Despite her serious professional demeanor as an advocate for disenfranchised Alaskans, she would like you to know that she has super-sick dance moves. Her other talents include kissing…
Tim Paszalek - Recipe for Revenge
Nov 4, 2016 • 8 min
5 Truths and 2 lies about Tim: He was born in Texas, holds a college degree that he’s sworn never to use, once painted a prison, has swum in 4 of the 5 oceans, holds an obscure world record, has ridden his bicycle to Prudhoe Bay, and thinks you’re…
Mikey Huff - Late Night in Muldoon
Nov 4, 2016 • 6 min
Ex-professional fingerboarder Mikey Huff lives his life in Alaska as a photographer, leather worker, and owner of The Mercantile, a menswear shop in Anchorage. If he’s not taking pictures or leather crafting, he’s probably hanging out with his four legged…
Carolynn Jerome - Don’t Look Now
Nov 4, 2016 • 6 min
Carolynn came up to Alaska 20 years ago for a summer job and left only long enough to pack up her belongings in Utah and drive the Alcan. Since then she has been working on her Alaskan skills check list with the goal of earning Sourdough status. So far,…
John Gregoire - Mr. Easter Bunny
Nov 4, 2016 • 8 min
John loves life and all of its regular every day amazingness. He is a lucky husband and father of two wonderful boys, ages seven and fifteen. He cherishes his Alaskan life and the opportunities Alaska offers us to live and experience this amazing world.…
Peter Klauder - What Did You Do?
Nov 4, 2016 • 8 min
When Peter was three years old, he travelled with his family of six for a year in Europe. He was nicknamed “the family friend finder” because while his family would set up the tent, he would wander off around the campground wearing nothing but his diaper…
Rebecca Morrissey - Call Me Summit
Nov 4, 2016 • 7 min
Rebecca has spent her life in Alaska, making only brief escapes to convince friends who have moved away to come back. She lives mostly on soup and the occasional bag of sour cream and onion potato chips.
Darl Schaaff - Am I Gay Enough?
Nov 4, 2016 • 8 min
Darl, a highly respected business leader, successful entrepreneur and world traveler, is thankful every day that the world is giant freak show and he gets front row seats.
Nicole Stuemke - 100 Mile Tampon
Oct 13, 2016 • 7 min
Nicole is a recovering Midwesterner who has been living in Alaska for 12 years now, recouping from years of flat land. She is passionate about her work in adolescent substance abuse and human trafficking in Alaska. As a single mom of a middle school boy,…
Amy Pettit - Real Life is Hard
Oct 13, 2016 • 6 min
Amy is an Oregonian at heart who was imported to Alaska in 2005. She loves her family, the Packers, Jamestown Revival and local food & drink. Mostly in that order.
Rafi Bildner - Rescue Operation
Oct 13, 2016 • 8 min
Rafi made his move to the 49th State after graduating college out East in May (as if that was original!), and hasn’t looked back since. He manages political campaigns around the state, and is based out of Sitka. So far, since moving to Alaska five months…
Kris Lira - The House Sitting Experience from Hell
Oct 13, 2016 • 7 min
Kris Lira was born in California and raised all over the United States. For the past 33 years, she has happily called Alaska her home. She lived many years before she married Paul, but that’s really when her life began. Now that their three children are…
Jen Loofbourrow - Shale
Oct 13, 2016 • 7 min
Jen hails from Canada, where she first fell in love with the outdoors. She fell in love with Alaska in 2004 and spent 10 years visiting, on frequent trips kayaking and hiking in Southeast, before making the move official. The wild Alaska outdoors…
Kent Haina - Everything Happens for a Reason
Oct 13, 2016 • 7 min
Kent Haina has travelled extensively in the Air Force and airline industry. He was born and raised in Hawaii, and eventually landed in Alaska. He is a 747 Captain and instructor for a major airline.
Jonathan Bressler - Craigslist Cadaver
Oct 13, 2016 • 7 min
Jonathan is a Chicagoan, a musician, a skier, and an epidemiologist. He learned to walk on ice skates, and learned to cook on a camp stove. He’s been a few places, too, like West Africa and Atlanta. Now he lives in Anchorage and thinks it’s pretty great.…
Christy Morgan - Petty Theft & Low-grade Extortion: A Love Story
Sep 19, 2016 • 7 min
Christy is a most-of-her-life Alaskan who works in education and thinks high school students are the best. She works to make time for travel and writing and is a compulsive editor… in fact, she is probably re-writing this intro in her head even now.
Pat Lampi - Valium and Fig Newtons
Sep 19, 2016 • 6 min
Born in Washington State, Pat moved to Alaska in 1973 and has worked for the Alaska Zoo for the past 30 years. Hobbies include wrestling with bear cubs, moving elephants and donating golf balls to the wilderness.
Nick McMillan - Don’t Mess with a Classy Lady
Sep 19, 2016 • 7 min
Nick has lived in Alaska for 11 years, has had Type 1 Diabetes for 30 years, and has loved Madonna for longer than both those. He sells Subarus because he loves them, is an avid Seattle Sounders fan, and hopes to meet David Beckham one day. Typically,…
Marcia Wakeland - The Madame! Me?
Sep 19, 2016 • 7 min
Marcia is the Alaskan cliché who came for a year and has stayed 41. Currently, she is the founder and co-director of the Listening Post of Anchorage, where stories of the community are heard and respected at the Transit Center, Brother Francis Shelter and…
Trevor Millar - Sending Prayers
Sep 19, 2016 • 8 min
Born and raised in Anchorage, Trevor is a graduate of Northwest University where he studied business and biblical literature. From 2008-2013, he was the local director of a Christian non-profit called Young Life. He is a former: skydiver, scuba diver,…
Lisa Maloney - Real-Life Soap Opera
Sep 19, 2016 • 8 min
Lisa works as a writer and editor, with bylines in a variety of local and national publications. If you think she looks familiar but can’t quite place where you’ve seen her, you’ve probably bumped into her out on the hiking trails or seen her Irish…
Jeff Landfield - The Untold Story of #SpeedoGate: Behind the Speed
Sep 19, 2016 • 6 min
Jeff moved to Alaska in 2004 from New Mexico when he was 19 looking for an adventure. He worked a variety of odd jobs, including driving a cab and working as a doorman at the Captain Cook Hotel while in school. He graduated from UAA in 2009 and soon after…
Roman Dial (Season 3)- Searching for Cody
May 23, 2016 • 10 min
Born in Seattle, Roman went to high school in Virginia and moved to Alaska when he was sixteen. He has been a husband since 1985, a father since 1987, and a professor at Alaska Pacific University since 1992.
Jamie Patterson-Simes (Season 5) - Flight Safety
May 19, 2016 • 9 min
Jamie has been living and flying in Alaska since 1995. She owns SkyTrek Alaska Flight Training at Merrill Field, and teaches intrepid students how to fly. When not living and breathing aviation—and scrubbing the grease out from underneath her…
Christy Everett Jordan (Season 7) - Feminist Not a Homewrecker
May 19, 2016 • 7 min
After 16 years in Anchorage, Christy Everett Jordan and her family prepare to move to the edge of the wilderness, up above Lowell Point, in Seward, with plans to build an off the grid home. She’s leaving her job as an elementary school counselor to help…
Becky Windt Pearson (Season 3) - Not Enough Space in the Freezer
May 19, 2016 • 8 min
Becky has been, among other things, a lawyer, a teacher, a campaign organizer, a travel writer, and an Arctic Entries Storyboard Member. You might remember her as the cheeseburger from October 2011’s “Spooked” show. In her spare time, when not running,…
Orion Donicht (Season 7) - Rolling Stones Roadie
May 19, 2016 • 9 min
Born in MN, and raised without boundaries. Daddy was a beatnik, Mommy was a belly dancer. In high school in the Valley, Orion dreamt of living in the big city. Now he’s living the dream in Fairview, or as he and his wife call it: Paradise.
Kevin Worrell (Season 6) - Break from Reality
May 19, 2016 • 9 min
Kevin performs: upright bass duties as a Super Saturated Sugar String; host and producer duties for the Parlor In the Round (Season Finale, May 20th); Director of Entertainment duties for the Alaska Design Forum Dine By Design Event (May 13th); consultant…
Brett Rawalt (Season 6) - The Day My Career Began
May 19, 2016 • 8 min
Brett Rawalt is essentially a big kid. He is the same height that he was in eighth grade, and PB&J’s are still a main food staple in his life. Even his job at UAA is only a nine-month contract, meaning that he gets summers off to go play. For fun, he…
Issa Braman (Season 5) - An Important Day
May 16, 2016 • 8 min
Issa has six siblings and believes that her love for storytelling is rooted in family dinners, where each person yelled louder and with more charisma to capture the attention of their parents. In recent years, she has been honored to continue to see the…
Don Rearden (Season 5) - Tough Alaskan
May 16, 2016 • 7 min
Don is a screenwriter and novelist. He wrote the Washington Post Notable novel The Raven’s Gift. A new work on nonfiction, Never Quit, will be out next winter with St. Martin’s. He lives in Anchorage and is a professor at UAA. Sign up for his Spam-letter…
Jason Brandeis (Season 3) - First Day of School with the King of Pop
May 16, 2016 • 8 min
Jason is a lawyer, a college professor, and a cautiously optimistic New York Mets fan. He likes to tell stories.
Paul Ongtooguk (Season 7) - Learning the Hard Way
May 16, 2016 • 7 min
Paul graduated from high school in Nome, Alaska, and has been with the University of Alaska Anchorage for 17 years. He has a daughter who is an award winning poet, three grand kids, and a wonderful nephew and great nieces. Paul has lived in Nome,…
Linda Lucky (Season 6) - Okay, You Can Move In
May 16, 2016 • 9 min
Linda is a retired art teacher/artist from NY. She has been a docent at the Anchorage museum for 13 years. She works in a variety of mediums and is best known for her playful paper maché dogs.
Merlin Hamre (Season 4) - Wild Misunderstanding
May 16, 2016 • 8 min
Like Bob Dylan, Merlin grew up in northern Minnesota and mumbles. His daughter describes him as a cross between Indiana Jones and Red Green.
Erica Madison (Season 2) - Fixer Upper
May 16, 2016 • 7 min
As Erica likes to say: if at first you don’t succeed, try a new career. This year alone, she has worked in commercial fishing, hospitality, seamstressing, and as of a couple days ago, she was stuck off the Oregon coast in an enormous storm as she tried to…
Steve Durr - I Guess I Neglected to Tell Ya
Apr 27, 2016 • 8 min
Steve Durr - I Guess I Neglected to Tell Ya by Arctic Entries
Ray Bane - A Bumbling White Man in Bethel!
Apr 27, 2016 • 7 min
Ray Bane - A Bumbling White Man in Bethel! by Arctic Entries
Horojah Jawara - Not the Pecans!
Apr 27, 2016 • 8 min
Horojah Jawara - Not the Pecans! by Arctic Entries
Natasha Von Imhof - Getting Steamy
Apr 27, 2016 • 7 min
Natasha Von Imhof - Getting Steamy by Arctic Entries
Mike Shiffer - All I Need is a Quarter
Apr 27, 2016 • 7 min
Mike Shiffer - All I Need is a Quarter by Arctic Entries
Deanna Benedetti - That’s My Girl
Apr 27, 2016 • 7 min
Deanna Benedetti - That’s My Girl by Arctic Entries
David Popiel - Close Call & Drywall
Apr 27, 2016 • 7 min
David Popiel - Close Call & Drywall by Arctic Entries
Don Lee- Heavy Hide
Mar 29, 2016 • 12 min
Don Lee- Heavy Hide by Arctic Entries
Rose Jenne- Pin-Up Girl
Mar 29, 2016 • 10 min
Rose Jenne- Pin-Up Girl by Arctic Entries
Johnny Baker- Man’s Best Friend
Mar 29, 2016 • 9 min
Johnny Baker- Man’s Best Friend by Arctic Entries
Jodie Rodwell- The Hare in the Hole
Mar 29, 2016 • 7 min
Jodie Rodwell- The Hare in the Hole by Arctic Entries
Steve Durr- Moose Huntin’
Mar 29, 2016 • 8 min
Steve Durr- Moose Huntin’ by Arctic Entries
Jack McDonald- Katmai
Mar 29, 2016 • 3 min
Jack McDonald- Katmai by Arctic Entries
Rollie Ostermick- Cabin Construction
Mar 29, 2016 • 6 min
Rollie Ostermick- Cabin Construction by Arctic Entries
Susan Maley - What to do with this Bobcat?
Mar 16, 2016 • 6 min
Susan Maley - What to do with this Bobcat? by Arctic Entries
Shane Castle - Come at me, Bro
Mar 16, 2016 • 6 min
Shane Castle - Come at me, Bro by Arctic Entries
Liszka Bessenyey - No Politicking at School
Mar 16, 2016 • 6 min
Liszka Bessenyey - No Politicking at School by Arctic Entries
Jeff Lucas - Get the License Plate
Mar 16, 2016 • 6 min
Jeff Lucas - Get the License Plate by Arctic Entries
Fernanda Conrad - Why Do you Love Me?
Mar 16, 2016 • 8 min
Fernanda Conrad - Why Do you Love Me? by Arctic Entries
Anne Garrett - The Miracle of Life *language
Mar 16, 2016 • 8 min
Anne Garrett - The Miracle of Life *language by Arctic Entries
Amanda Metivier - Facing Foster Care
Mar 16, 2016 • 8 min
Amanda Metivier - Facing Foster Care by Arctic Entries
Janel Grimmett - Welcome to Alaska, My Home
Feb 17, 2016 • 8 min
Growing up with four brothers, Janel learned three important survival skills: talk fast, tell captivating stories, and if all else fails, cry! With these skills, she successfully avoided ever being grounded while growing up, and later in life it helped to…
Rion Iverson - Gay? Straight? Billy Joel? Geena Davis, definitely Geena Davis!
Feb 17, 2016 • 7 min
Rion is a sophomore at West Anchorage High School. She has a passion for 70’s classic rock, indie movies, and is a rabid Francophile. Her future plans include interning at Saturday Night Live, screenwriting, and eventually directing motion pictures and…
Susie Mikkelsen - A Blind Date with Alaska
Feb 17, 2016 • 7 min
Susie is a transplanted mid-westerner who never thought she would stay in Alaska, and as a result had her bags packed for the first ten years. Many years later, she’s still here. Over the years she has had various jobs and volunteer opportunities but the…
Laura Aubry - Sometimes Life just Breaks your Heart
Feb 17, 2016 • 9 min
Laura is a lifelong Alaskan who spent the highlight of her upbringing on the shores and mountainsides of Lake Clark National Park. Her latest venture has been creating an artisan ice cream and popsicle truck called The Mint Chip. Be sure to say hi when…
Martin Hansen - It’s not What Happened, It’s How.
Feb 17, 2016 • 6 min
Martin moved to Alaska in 1975 when his parents gave him a one way ticket to Anchorage from California. Upon landing in town, Martin decided that it wasn’t exciting enough and headed for the seaport of Seward. In 1986, he got lucky and convinced his wife…
Megan McKay - Hey Fellas!
Feb 17, 2016 • 8 min
29. Hopeless romantic to her own detriment. Likes long walks on the beach, champagne with her pizza. Must love dogs.
Barbara Harmon - Against the Odds!
Feb 17, 2016 • 7 min
Barbara grew up in California and stayed in college as long as she could because she was really good at it. After two degrees and a teaching credential, she was forced to get a job to pay off student loans. Barbara spent four years teaching the hormonal…
Erik Dahl- Pepper Spray
Jan 15, 2016 • 9 min
Erik is excited to tell a story at Arctic Entries, and sad he can tell only one! Born and raised in Alaska, he went to college in Washington before moving back and finding work as an environmental engineer. In his spare time, he constantly attempts to…
Elizabeth Van Alstine- Backcountry Business
Jan 15, 2016 • 6 min
Elizabeth is a sophomore at Dimond High School. She plays with the local youth symphony and volunteers with her school’s Key Club.
Debbie Moderow- On the Trail
Jan 15, 2016 • 8 min
Debbie is an author and a musher, a lover of wilderness trails and the dogs who go there. The 28 huskies who live in the Moderows’ Denali Park backyard are a continuing source of her inspiration, adventure, and good humor. Her leaders Sharp Cheddar and…
Nelson Carpluk- The Hunt
Jan 15, 2016 • 7 min
Nelson is originally from Mountain Village, on the Lower Yukon, and grew up in Fairbanks. He works at Alyeska Pipeline as a business analyst and loves spending time in the outdoors with family and friends. And he loves to take naps… Lots of naps.
Jenna Desmarais- Tourist Trap
Jan 15, 2016 • 8 min
Jenna hails from the always sunny city of Philadelphia and moved to Anchorage in the summer of 2014 by way of Houston, TX. When she’s not working as an engineer in the energy industry or volunteering in the community, you can find her on the golf course,…
Marty Hannah- A Rooster Named Fred and a Bag of Kittens
Jan 15, 2016 • 8 min
Marty has been in Alaska for over 30 years and enjoys all of the beauty and recreation it has to offer. He has travelled to many parts of the state and enjoys meeting all sorts of people. Next spring he will be going to Attu Island, and one day hopes to…
Christy Everett Jordan- The Fish that Found My Net
Jan 15, 2016 • 8 min
While living in an old trapper’s cabin, Christy woke up to a bear on her porch and another bear on the roof; while running on a single-track trail by Chester Creek, she was kicked by a charging Mama, as she dove out from under its front hooves—but neither…
David Khachadoorian- Is that you Kid?
Dec 7, 2015 • 8 min
David has five children ages 8 through 19. He loves scuba diving and bike touring, and spends his time between Alaska and Hawaii.
John-Henry Heckendorn- The Lonely Pew
Dec 7, 2015 • 7 min
John-Henry house-sits for two cats, subsists predominantly off cans of Amy’s lentil soup, and works at the Boardroom. Aspiring to the core competencies of adulthood, his mother tells him he’s pretty close.
Emily Tyrrell- Finally Home
Dec 7, 2015 • 7 min
Originally from Emmonak, Alaska, Emily (Yup’ik/Iñupiaq) is the Director of Sustainability of First Alaskans Institute, a statewide Alaska Native non-profit dedicated to the advancement of the Alaska Native community. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in…
Britta Hamre- Fishing with My Father
Dec 7, 2015 • 7 min
Britta’s family moved to Anchorage from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan in 2008. She fell in love with Alaska.
Lucy Baranko- The Search for Baranko
Dec 7, 2015 • 6 min
Lucy grew up in a huge Eastern Catholic family on the outskirts of Chicago. As the youngest of seven, she struggled to have her voice heard and was determined to do things her own way. Traveling gave her that independence; in Alaska, nothing holds her…
Lynn E. Paulson- Living Room Swing Set
Dec 7, 2015 • 6 min
Lynn Paulson grew up in San Francisco and State College, Pennsylvania. Dr. Paulson has spent most of her professional life at the front of a college classroom, teaching interpersonal communication, public speaking, writing and cultural studies, first at…
Steve Cleary- Mom
Dec 7, 2015 • 6 min
Steve first came to Alaska by bike from Minnesota in 1998. He and his wife have a son named Liam and enjoy spending time outside. Steve has worked for several non-profits and as a stay-at-home dad. He is passionate about biking and didn’t buy his first…
Orion Donicht- Fairview Vampire
Nov 13, 2015 • 8 min
Born in Minnesota, and raised without boundaries. Daddy was a beatnik, Mommy was a belly dancer. All through high school in the Valley, Orion dreamt of living in the big city. Now he’s living the dream in Fairview, or as he and his wife call it: Paradise.
Kristin George- I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant
Nov 13, 2015 • 6 min
Kristin is a lifelong Alaskan. Her true passion is her community, where she has held positions on the planning committees for such wonderful organizations as Dare To Care, YWCA, Alaska Trucking Association, and the Mayor’s Charity Ball, among many others.…
Mikey Huff- Rollin’ with the Punches
Nov 13, 2015 • 7 min
Alaska born and raised, Mikey is a photographer, leather worker, and creative type. When he’s not taking pictures, you can find Mikey in his workshop creating things with his hands, hosting community building events throughout Alaska, or hanging out with…
Ruth Fitzpatrick- Rambo Cats
Nov 13, 2015 • 6 min
Ruth grew up in the Matanuska Valley and spent her childhood running wild and barefoot through the hills with all her siblings and more animals than she can count. She moved to the big city after college, and has been privileged to work on some really…
Kimball Allen- Uber to Jail
Nov 13, 2015 • 9 min
Kimball is a former-Anchorage, now-Seattle based actor and writer. He is a best-selling Off-Broadway playwright and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. Allen is the creator and host of “Triple Threat with Kimball Allen,” a recurring variety talk…
Danielle Pratt-Varney- The Summit
Nov 13, 2015 • 8 min
Born and raised in rural Alaska, Danielle is Yupik Eskimo—a self-proclaimed weekend warrior, adventure schemer, community racer, gear hoarder, proud dog owner, wife and soon-to-be first time mom. She’s found many ways to enjoy this great state, such as…
Sarah Wilcox- A Dream
Nov 13, 2015 • 6 min
Growing up in Valdez, Sarah ate more salmon and caribou than beef and pork, which means Alaska is literally in her bones. She went away to college in Utah but dreamed of Alaska every day. She called herself “Sarah from Alaska” to the point where people…
Angel Gonzales- Beat the Odds
Oct 9, 2015 • 7 min
Angel was born in Anchorage in 1988. Her 11-year journey in and out of foster care led her to becoming adopted at 16, and an active member of River in the Desert Community Church(RDCC) and Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA). She is now married, with 6…
Jeff Robinson- Batman
Oct 9, 2015 • 9 min
Jeff works as a trial lawyer with Ashburn & Mason, although he still harbors hope that the CDC will hire him as an international consultant. He loves all things outdoors, especially when they involve his wife Hanley, his famous daughters Maggie and…
Agatha Erickson- Native Americans at Dartmouth
Oct 9, 2015 • 9 min
Born and raised in Alaska, with family roots in the Interior and Southeast Alaska, Agatha is a diehard policy and political wonk who enjoys spending time outdoors, when she isn’t watching C-Span or Gavel to Gavel. She is an avid “urban” subsistence user,…
Jack Klauschie- Still Standing
Oct 9, 2015 • 7 min
Jack is a mild-mannered middle school teacher by day (Go, Central Huskies!) and a wild and crazy doggy dad at night. The adjectives may have gotten switched in that statement…
Katrina Goodman- School of ‘nard Knocks
Oct 9, 2015 • 6 min
A second generation born-and-raised Alaskan, Katrina feels as if she has been living here since the 1950’s, considering all of the old timer stories she’s heard and reheard in her lifetime. She is now an elementary school teacher for the ASD and a mother…
Penny Gage- Life Twin
Oct 9, 2015 • 7 min
Penny was raised in Sitka (the most beautiful town in the state, if you didn’t know!) and moved to Anchorage a year ago. Her university and graduate education as a Nanook and Hoya was split by a stint with the U.S. Peace Corps in Nicaragua, which was full…
Mary Miner- Ravens Unite
Oct 9, 2015 • 7 min
Mary came to Alaska in the 1970’s and has worked many jobs: gardener, housekeeper, mapmaker, wife, and mom. Upon retiring from a career in civil engineering, she became the burning soul of Ravens Roost Cohousing.
Chris Pavadore - Melissa Up Close
Sep 22, 2015 • 7 min
Chris is the Director of Sustainability and Dining Services at Alaska Pacific University. He lives his life as a true nerd; anything science, especially marine science, will float his boat. Here, Chris details an encounter with a true beast of the depths…
Susanne Schmidt - Extreme Camping
Sep 21, 2015 • 9 min
Susanne, a native New Yorker, visited Vermont in 1985 with only a cat, a Karmann Ghia, and a guitar. Just over the border, the car broke down, the guitar was bartered to the tow truck man, and the cat ran away. Despite what others might have taken as ill…
Anonymous - Bungee Jumping
Sep 21, 2015 • 7 min
Anonymous hates writing bios. But she can tell a story! There you have it.
Wendy Withrow - Hitchhiking
Sep 21, 2015 • 7 min
Since moving to Alaska in 1981, Wendy Withrow has: played guitar and sung regularly at the Renaissance faire, Anchorage Folk Festival, and Downtown Market; acted in numerous Alaska Ove- nighters and one UAA Mainstage production; had a full-length play in…
Shawna Calt - Muzzle Flash
Sep 21, 2015 • 6 min
Shawna without a C loves vintage wares and mixing the tastiest cocktails this side of the Yukon.
Schawna Thoma - Present Arms
Sep 21, 2015 • 7 min
Schawna landed her first job in Alaska working at a set-net site in Kodiak catching pink salmon, and from there went on to a career in Alaska politics. When people ask her, “Why politics?” she always answers, “Well, it’s never boring!” She lives in…
Paul Ongtooguk - Tlingit Humor
Sep 21, 2015 • 7 min
Paul graduated from high school in Nome, Alaska, and has been with the University of Alaska Anchorage for 17 years. He has a daughter who is an award winning poet, three grand kids, and a wonderful nephew and great nieces. Paul has lived in Nome,…
Phil Morrow - Starving in Adak
May 26, 2015 • 5 min
Phil Morrow - Starving in Adak by Arctic Entries
Jack Roderick - Statehood
May 26, 2015 • 9 min
Jack Roderick - Statehood by Arctic Entries
Lisa Dolchok - School
May 26, 2015 • 5 min
Lisa Dolchok - School by Arctic Entries
Eleanor Andrews - LA to AK
May 26, 2015 • 6 min
Eleanor Andrews - LA to AK by Arctic Entries
Lanie Fleischer - Network of Trails
May 26, 2015 • 8 min
Lanie Fleischer - Network of Trails by Arctic Entries
Vic Fischer - Experience with Democracy
May 26, 2015 • 13 min
Vic Fischer - Experience with Democracy by Arctic Entries
Bill Walker - Call for Back Up
May 26, 2015 • 6 min
Bill Walker - Call for Back Up by Arctic Entries
Betty Arnett - The Sailor
May 26, 2015 • 8 min
Betty Arnett - The Sailor by Arctic Entries
Margorie Tahbone- The perfect day!
May 6, 2015 • 8 min
Stories told from the Arctic Entries stage in Nome, Alaska. Show was recorded April 4, 2015.
Sam Cross- Sorry for the weight!
May 6, 2015 • 6 min
Stories told from the Arctic Entries stage in Nome, Alaska. Show was recorded April 4, 2015.
Yaayuk Alvanna-Stimpfle- Under the willow greens.
May 6, 2015 • 6 min
Stories told from the Arctic Entries stage in Nome, Alaska. Show was recorded April 4, 2015.
Rick Anderson- Cold, wet, cut-up and skinned.
May 6, 2015 • 3 min
Stories told from the Arctic Entries stage in Nome, Alaska. Show was recorded April 4, 2015.
Charlie Lean- That was a success.
May 6, 2015 • 7 min
Stories told from the Arctic Entries stage in Nome, Alaska. Show was recorded April 4, 2015.
Lisa Leeper- Bad to worse.
May 6, 2015 • 6 min
Stories told from the Arctic Entries stage in Nome, Alaska. Show was recorded April 4, 2015.
Lahka Peacock- Better take two.
May 6, 2015 • 5 min
Stories told from the Arctic Entries stage in Nome, Alaska. Show was recorded April 4, 2015.
Rachel Dunbar
Apr 20, 2015 • 7 min
Rachel was born and raised in Anchorage and attends Polaris K-12. She is currently participating in the Early Honors program at Alaska Pacific University and can be found hiding from her homework under a heating blanket, eating ice cream, and reading.
Kirk Rose
Apr 20, 2015 • 8 min
Kirk is a first generation Alaskan. He strives to keep an equal say/ do ratio. He’s had some crappy jobs (literally), but his best gig is his current role as the Executive Director of the Anchorage Community Land Trust, a community and economic…
Jenny Reinbold
Apr 20, 2015 • 8 min
In the year 2000, Jenny got married and was imported to Anchorage by her hunting, fishing, flying Alaskan grizzly man. She worked at Providence Hospital as an Emergency Medicine physician until she had the first of four children (one set of twins!) and…
Derek Chivers
Apr 20, 2015 • 6 min
Derek was born and raised in Alaska. He is a writer and member of local literary group “The Life Partners.” His nonfiction story “Gunshots on Dogfish” took 1st place in F Magazine’s 2011 Statewide Writing Competition.
Mike McCormick
Apr 20, 2015 • 7 min
Since coming to Alaska in 1976, Mike has worked in public and museum education for 39 years, reviewed music and written columns for the Anchorage Daily News, and presented shows with his wife Katy (mostly as Whistling Swan Productions) since 1987. Mike…
Devon Johnson
Apr 20, 2015 • 8 min
Devon is a Lower 48 expat who moved to Alaska after a post-college bout of boredom with the East Coast. She’s fallen in love with the phrase “Why not?” and tries to weave gratitude into each day. Most of the clothing she wears has been gently worn by a…
Kevin Worrell
Apr 20, 2015 • 8 min
By night, Kevin is on upright bass as a Super Saturated Sugar String, a Swing 49-er, a Crimeface Nelson-er (with Orion Donicht)and the host and producer of Parlor In The Round. By day, he is a Certified Safety Professional and Creative Consultant with…
MUSIC: “Remember Me” By Caleb Aronson
Mar 16, 2015 • 3 min
Singer-songwriter Caleb Aronson was born and raised in Interior-Alaska. He grew up climbing mountains, fishing, and listening to his fathers records. At 14, he taught himself guitar and, inspired by a love of poetry, began writing songs. Since then, Caleb…
MUSIC: “Road to Ruin” By Caleb Aronson
Mar 16, 2015 • 4 min
Singer-songwriter Caleb Aronson was born and raised in Interior-Alaska. He grew up climbing mountains, fishing, and listening to his fathers records. At 14, he taught himself guitar and, inspired by a love of poetry, began writing songs. Since then, Caleb…
Shanna Mall- Greed: Missing Dog
Mar 16, 2015 • 8 min
Shanna born and raised in Alaska. After high school, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she earned a degree in Art. After graduation, she moved back to Alaska and worked for two years as a laborer and heavy equipment operator for Peak Oilfield Services…
Brett Rawalt- Lust: The Plan
Mar 16, 2015 • 7 min
There has only been one person named Brett Rawalt. Ever. So it is not inaccurate to say he is “one-of-a-kind.” For employment, he spends nine months of the year working at UAA, and his summers traveling the land. Also, the sea. He has an old pink kayak…
Jessie Nixon- Envy: Middle Child
Mar 16, 2015 • 6 min
Jessie is your typical Midwestern transplant: she is a five time thumb-wrestling champion and an avid viewer of cheesy movies (you do not want to watch Spaceballs with this girl—while her line recitation is spot on, her rendition of “Nobody Knows the…
David Paape- Sloth: Bear Spray
Mar 16, 2015 • 8 min
Dave considers himself the best fisherman on the Russian River. (He has yet to find someone who agrees.) Once, as a result of losing a bet, Dave spent two hours in a dunk tank, raised money for charity and nearly succumbed to hypothermia. (He regrets the…