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CONTRIBUTORS Jennifer Andrulli – I continue to be inspired by our living planet. Thankful to share with you, just a glimpse of what I see in my journeys through time and space. Alexandra Ellen Appel - Many years ago, writing about Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan wrote: ‘Spicer is driven by a despair that comes from a language that cannot fill an absence which the Poet feels between himself and God. The poem can only record itself in the poem which brings Spicer to a poetry of opposition and confrontation.” While I am not certain of the accuracy of the quote or where I may have read it, I believe in the truth. My work reflects opposition and confrontation in a paradox of faith. I was raised by poets such as Spicer, Creeley, Duncan… Blackburn. The simplicity of language, the complexity of thought, the fragmented image relating to the entirety of a poem. These days I continue to be influenced by the Black Mountain School of Poetry and for added spice - W.B. Yates, Dermott Healey, Nick Laird, W.S. Merwin… and an endless list of the Greats and near-greats. Gabrielle Barnett’s poetry appears in Cirque and Alaska Women Speak. She won second place in the poetry category of F Magazine’s 2014 F’aire Words, Alaska statewide writing contest. She lives in Spenard with her daughter and two chickens. Edith Barrowclough lives in Anchorage where she is part owner of a tax busness. Her photos have appeared in previous editions of Cirque and in other publications. She travels widely, taking a broad view of the world through the narrow lens of her camera. Deborah M. Bernard received her BA in Journalism at Western Washington University in Bellingham, wrote for The Bellingham Herald and the Friday Harbor Journal, then moved to Alaska’s oilfield with her husband Joseph. They lived and worked in Deadhorse for decades, she as postmaster, then both as “shopkeepers for the Slope.” They recently moved back to Bellingham where Deborah is writing her memoir, You Can’t Beat a Deadhorse, while free lancing as a writer and as an editor. Marilyn Borell has been living and writing in Anchorage, Alaska for over twenty-five years. Her recent work has appeared in Cirque, and River Teeth’s Beautiful Things.
Alaska. Her poetry has appeared in Cirque, Tidal Echoes, Alaska Women Speak, and We’Moon. Scott Davidson lives in Missoula, MT, where he works as Customer Outreach Manager for an organic soap manufacturer. His poems have appeared in the Potomac Review, Poets/ Painters / Composers, Jeopardy and the Permanent Press anthology Crossing the River: Poets of the Western United States. Kimberly Davis is an Alaska girl born and raised on a homestead in the Salcha Valley. She enjoys time spent with her children and grandchildren with whom she is always seeing life through fresh eyes. Kimberly is inspired in everyday life as a residential gardener who loves the outdoors, interior design, travel & photography and relaxing at the end of the day with friends and a delicious glass of wine. Carol Dee arrived in Alaska in 1947, growing up during territorial years in the Fire Lake area. After graduation from Anchorage’s only high school, she earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and later a Master’s from the Angelicum University in Rome, Italy. She was able to put her rural Alaskan childhood experience to use in the Italian countryside between 1975 and 1991, when she returned to Alaska with her two sons. She has published fiction, non-fiction and poetry in a variety of small publications, including the Bitterroot Poetry Review. She resides happily in Homer, AK. Patrick Dixon moved to Alaska from Indiana in 1975. There he spent 20 winters teaching photography, drama and English, and drift-fished for salmon on Cook Inlet in the summertime.. His writings have been published by Oregon Coast, National Fisherman, and Pacific Fishing magazines, among others. Patrick moved to Olympia, Washington in 1998, where he works as a freelance writer and photographer. He also performs each February at the annual FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon. He is the editor of the FisherPoets Anthology Anchored in Deep Water, published in 2014. More of his work may be seen at www. patrickdixon.net. Trevor Dodge’s most recent work appears or is forthcoming in Green
Jack Campbell is retired from the teaching profession after working primarily in rural villages for the past twenty-five years. He resides in Excursion Inlet. His poetry has appeared in Wheel Watch Companion, Notes From the Blueberry Bog, Main Channel Voices, Ice-Floe, Inside Passages, Explorations, Tidal Echoes, Cirque, and Fish Alaska Magazine. His book, Four Fevers Musings of an Alaskan Bush Poet: A Collection, was published in 2008. Tom Cantwell holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Whitefish Review, Newfound, Weber-The Contemporary West, and New Ohio Review. He lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and two children. Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, high school English-teaching Alaskan. Currently she is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry through University of Alaska Anchorage. Kersten co-edits the quarterly journal Alaska Women Speak. She lives in Sitka, Kimberly Davis
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