About the Press

Launched in 1967, the University of Alaska Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher and distributor of books about Alaska and the circumpolar regions. Although physically located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, the Press represents the entire University of Alaska– its three main universities (UAA, UAF, and UAS) as well as their satellite campuses– and by extension the entire state of Alaska.

UA Press publications cover an expanding range of subject areas, including politics and history, Native languages and cultures, science and natural history, biography and memoir, poetry, fiction and anthologies, and original translations. The Press publishes books in print and electronically for both the scholarly community and the general public. UA Press also serves as a distributor for many entities within the University of Alaska System and various independent publishers. UA Press books reach a global audience through sales and distribution provided by the University of Chicago Press.

The Press has an independent advisory board of scholars and writers with a diverse range of expertise. The board is responsible for final review and selection of titles published by the Press. UA Press is a member of the American Association of University Presses.

Publishing consortium membership

In July 2021, the University of Alaska Press joined the University Press of Colorado publishing consortium, which includes 10 other members in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

The move will allow UA Press to maintain local offices and staff, and continue publishing books about Alaska and the North under its own name. Under an agreement approved in July 2021, the university will pay yearly dues to the consortium and will have three seats on its governing board. The consortium will cover all costs of operating UA Press.

Joining the consortium will expand the reach, scope and capacity of UA Press, and will provide additional resources for things like marketing and travel. Read the full press release to learn more.

UA Press Series Editors

Alaska Literary Series edited by Peggy Shumaker

Classic Reprint Series edited by Eric Heyne

Oral Biography Series edited by William Schneider

Rasmuson Library Historical Translation Series edited by Marvin Falk

Advisory Board

Jessica Cherry, Ph.D., is a geoscientist, commercial airplane pilot, photographer, film-maker, and writer. She served as a Research Faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 2006-2017. There she ran a research group focused on hydrology and climatology, authoring more than 35 scientific papers and mentoring eight graduate students. She was a finalist for the NASA astronaut selection in 2012 and 2016 before moving to Anchorage to work as a flood forecaster for the National Weather Service.

Debby Dahl Edwardson, M.F.A., has lived for nearly 40 years in Utqiaġvik. Her most recent novelMy Name is Not Easy(Marshall Cavendish/Amazon 2011) was a finalist for the National Book Award. She served on the North Slope Borough School District Board of Education for 18 years and teaches at Ilisagvik College, Alaska’s only tribal college. She sits on the advisory board of Story Knife Writing Retreat and hosts LoonSong a writing retreat held annually in northern Minnesota. In 2018 she began LoonSong Turtle Island, a writing retreat for Native American writers.

Daryl Farmer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he is the director of the creative writing program. His work has appeared inHayden’s Ferry Review,The Laurel Review,Quarter After EightandIsotope. His first bookBicycling Beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the Westreceived a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer’s Award and was a Colorado Book Award finalist.

Ian Hartman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of History at UAA. He grew up in the hills of Western Pennsylvania not far from Pittsburgh. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 and has been at UAA since then.

Glenn D. Wright, is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UAS.