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.

I figured you’d like this one from Sister Simone Campbell, author of Nun on the Bus. I always read it at talks these days. It is printed in front of Bears and Ballots and I don’t think we can remind ourselves too often about how important the “we” is in our democracy, and in our communities– we are in this together aren’t we?

I already voted early ( election day here is Tuesday) because I leave on the ferry for Juneau today on the first leg of a trip up north. I will be in Wasilla Tuesday evening at the Wasilla Public Library. There is a reception at 5:30 and a reading, Q&A and book signing from 6-8 or so. On Wednesday I will be in Talkeetna at the library for a writing workshop 1-3 and then there’s a reading at the Denali Arts Center that evening.


I will be reading — for the first time in public anyway– from an essay I wrote for the Alaska Quarterly Review about my dad ( and a lot of other things), and from Find the Good and Of Bears and Ballots— and as always happy to chat and answer any questions, or read from my other books if there’s something you want to hear–

The events are sponsored by some great folks for whom I’m very grateful: Alaska Quarterly Review, 49 Writers, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Friends of Wasilla and Talkeentna libraries,  Alaska Center for the Book and Fireside Books and with cooperation from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum.