I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

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A Little Sept. Post Card

A Little Sept. Post Card

September is busting out all over. The good news is the bears are feeding on salmon in the river and look fat and happy, and that other hungry bear has not returned to the cabin, but Trixie still won't come inside. Also, we have had no Covid updates since last week,...

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Joy Harjo’s Spirits Take Hold

Joy Harjo’s Spirits Take Hold

My first big event as Alaska Writer Laureate has been postponed because of Covid. I was supposed to introduce Joy Harjo, the Poet Laureate of the United States at an event at the Anchorage Museum on Sept. 10, but the Delta variant has other plans. I expected this,...

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Sunday’s Thought

Sunday’s Thought

My friend Frank Soos ( a former Alaska Writer Laureate) has died riding his bike. It was an accident, I heard his wheel came off.I cannot explain how sad I feel right now, but I can tell you what another poet friend of mine, Naomi  Nye says: "People do not pass away....

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