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.
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
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 novel My 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.
Beth Leonard, AKNS Director and Associate Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Nancy Lord, is the author of three short fiction collections and five books of literary nonfiction. She has also worked in and published additional genres including poetry, plays, book reviews, op-eds, and radio commentaries. She teaches part-time at the Kachemak Bay Branch of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage. She has won fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and numerous artist residencies. She served from 2008-10 as the Alaska Writer Laureate.
John Straley, is a writer, teacher, and criminal defense investigator. He has published seven novels including The Woman Who Married a Bear that received the 1993 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel, and Cold Water Burning that was nominated for the best novel of the year in 2001 by the Private Eye Writers of America. He has also published poetry, including a recent collection entitled The Rising and the Rain.
Emily Wall, M.F.A., chair of the board, is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast. She has been teaching literature and creative writing for eighteen years and is the co-director of writing. She is the faculty advisor for the literary journal Tidal Echoes and is a board member for several literary projects around the state including the NEA Poetry Out Loud contest. She has been published in a variety of literary journals in the U.S. and Canada, and in three anthologies. Her first book, Freshly Rooted, came out in 2007, and her second book, Liveaboard, came out in 2012.
Maria Williams, Ph.D., is the director of Alaska Native Studies and an associate professor of Music at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Kevin Winker, Ph.D., is a professor and Curator of Birds at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. He has published numerous books and articles including Walking Wild Shores: Portraits of the Natural World by Two Harbors Press.