News and Events

New Books and Works Published by UAF Faculty

  • Chris Coffman, Associate Professor of English, recently published  two new articles "Queering Zizek" in Postmodern Culture and The Sinthomosexual's Failed Challenge to (Hetero)sexual Difference" in Culture, Theory, and Critique.  She has been recently elected Secretary of the International Comparative Literature Associations Gender Studies Committee.
  • Jennifer Schell, Assistant Professor of English, has a new book through the University of Massachusetts Press, entitled A Bold and Hardy Race of Men:  The Lives and Literature of American Whalemen, focusing on masculinity in American whaling literature.
  • Sean (Donald) Hill, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, has published a short story fiction "They Drove" New England Review (Digital), Summer 2013, and poetry "Above It All" in Water-Stone Review and "Postcard to Anna" in Poecology, 2012.   
    Recent Publications
    Short fiction
    “They Drove” New England Review (Digital), Summer 2013
    “Still Life with Starlings and Man” The Harvard Review, issue 44, Summer 2013.
    “Postcard to the Bottoms of My Shoes” Mantis, issue 11, Spring 2013.
    “Conundrum at the Artist Colony” Copper Nickel, issue 18, Fall 2012.
    Postcard to ListlessnessCopper Nickel, issue 18, Fall 2012.
    VacationCopper Nickel, issue 18, Fall 2012.
    “Spring in Bemidji” Crab Orchard Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, Summer/Fall 2012.
    “Above It All” Water~Stone Review, Vol. 1, Fall 2012.
    “Postcard to Anna” Poecology, issue 2, 2012.
    Information about poetry collections:
    Blood Ties & Brown Liquor can be found at
    Dangerous Goods can be pre-ordered at:
  • Daryl Farmer, Assistant Professor of English, has a new short story published in the Summer 2013 issue of  The Whitefish Review titled "Where We Land" and his book Bicycling beyond the Divide was release in paperback in December, 2012.
  • Gerri Brightwell, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, has a new publication: her short story "North" has just been published in Conte (Vol 9 issue 1).  Upcoming publications include her short stories "Sunk" (Redivider fall, 2013), "His Good Fortune" (Fiction Southwest, fall 2013), "Lagniappe" (Los Angeles Review, November 2013), and "Beast" (Gargoyle, summer 2014).
  • Derick Burleson, Associate Professor of English, has recently had two books of poems published: 

Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series Friday April 4, 2014, Wood Center

Luis Alberto Urrrea


Luis Alberto Urrrea is a prolific and award-winning writer.  He is a master of language and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis grew up in San Diego, California.  Like so many great writers, Luis got his start in literature writing poems to impress girls in junior high school.  His early heroes were all rock stars, but not being especially musically gifted Luis chose to follow in the steps of his literary role models.  A fanatical hunger for reading pushed him over the edge at the age of 13, "I just had to do what my heroes were doing" he has said.

As a young man Luis served as a relief workler amongst people living in the Tijuana garbage dumps prior to receiving a teaching Fellowship to Harvard University.  "The border" has defined his life and colored much of his writing.  Regarding this point he once said "the border is simply a metaphor that makes it easier for me to write about the things that separate people all over the world, even when they think there is no fence."

2013-14 Writing Contests have now closed

UAF English Dept. "Writing Contests" for 2013-14 are now closed.

The contests have closed and the submissions sent to the readers. We wish all of those who submitted "Good Luck".

The results should be known by April 7th and all entrants will be notified via email within a week of that date. 

Thank you to all the donors for Dead Writers!!!!

The English Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks wishes to thank all the donors for this year's "Dead Writer's Reading and Raffle" held Saturday November 2nd from 7-10 pm at the BLUE LOON.  

The dead writers came out in force and looked and sounded pretty darn good for being dead.  A good time was had by all and we wish to say "Thank You" to the following sponsers:

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Tolovana Hot Springs, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Gulliver's Books, Lemongrass Thai Cuisine, Co-Op Market Grocery & Deli, Lulu's Bagels, A Desert Passage Jewelry, UAF Outdoor Adventures, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, The Prospector, Subline Line Tattoo Studio, Literacy Council of Alaska, Oasis Restarant and Lounge, The Cookie Jar, Hot LIcks Homemade Ice Cream, Tribal Wallah Belly Dancers, The Toy Quest, Turbo Tans, Northern Vines, Soul Star Arts, The Comic Shop, Wooley Bean, and Shogun Steakhouse.

A special thanks to: Caitlin Woolley, Natalie Taylor and Kendell Newman Sadiik who contributed home baked goods.