Vo l . 6 N o . 2 Judita Vaiciunaite (1937-2001), a poet and translator from Kaunas, Lithuania, had her finger on the pulse of Lithuania’s history and culture. She was a poet of the modern woman, as well a poet of the city. Though born and raised in Kaunas, she was educated in Vilnius where she remained for the rest of her life; she described its streets, its crumbling facades, its courtyards and dead ends. In 1996 she won the Baltic Assembly Award, in 1997, the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, and in 2000, the Lithuanian Writers Union Prize. David Wagoner has published 20 books of poems, most recently After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). He has also published ten novels, one of which, The Escape Artist, was made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola. He won the Lilly Prize in 1991, six yearly prizes from Poetry, two yearly prizes from Prairie Schooner, and the Arthur Rense Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2011. In 2007, his play “First Class” was given 43 performances at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle. He was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for 23 years. He edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002, and he is professor emeritus of English at the Univ. of Washington. He teaches at the low-residency MFA program of the Whidbey Island Writers Workshop. Emily Wall is a poet and an Associate Professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska. She has been published in a wide variety of literary journals in the US and Canada. In 2013 a poem of hers was chosen in a statewide contest to be placed in Totem Bight State Park in Ketchikan, Alaska. She has also had a poem chosen for the Best Indi Lit of New England 2013 – 2015. Her second book of poems, Liveaboard, was published in 2012; her first book, Freshly Rooted came out in 2007. Emily lives with her family on a beach in Douglas, Alaska. Margo Waring has been writing poetry for two decades. She credits her enthusiasm for publishing her work to the support and encouragement of her recently joined writers’ group. Her work has been published in Cirque, Tidal Echoes, and Alaska Women Speak. Sandra Wassilie was raised in Alaska where, in turn, she raised her children and now has grandchildren growing up. She currently lives in Oakland and co-curates the Bay Area Generation Reading Series. Her work appears in Alaska Women Speak, Between the Lines, California Quarterly, Cirque, sPARKLE & bLINK, Transfer, Vitriol, Writing Without Walls, and elsewhere.
143 to run marathons. He takes the writing of poetry very seriously and only wishes he were better at it. Richard Widerkehr has two collections of poems: The Way Home (Plain View Press) and Her Story of Fire (Egress Studio Press), along with two chapbooks. Tarragon Books published his novel about a geologist, Sedimental Journey. He won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan. Recent poems have appeared in Rattle, Floating Bridge Review, Jewish Literary Journal, Clay Bird Review, Crack The Spine, and Poetry Super Highway. Others are forthcoming in Grey Sparrow, Nomad’s Choir, Soundings, Pennine Ink, and Penumbra. Paxson Woelber is a creative professional based out of Anchroage, Alaska. His Jim Thiele creative work has been featured by National Geographic, the Atlantic, the Huffington Post Canada, USA Today, Google Street View [Grand Canyon project], the American Alpine Club, and more. He has been the designer and web designer for Cirque since its inaugural issue. paxsonwoelber.com Tonja Woelber is a member of the collaborative group “Ten Poets.” She has lived in Anchorage for 34 years, enjoying the mountains in all weathers. Her favorite poets are Anna Akhmatova, Sylvia Plath, May Sarton, Wang Wei and Tu Fu. She enjoys writing Asian and natureinspired poetry. Kalani Woodlock is a mom, photographer, snowboarder, and lover of life. She is currently living a life less ordinary with her two amazing kids, two large dogs, a bad-ass cat, and her vivid imagination in gorgeous Seward, Alaska. Nancy Woods, who was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, now lives in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Under the Influence of Tall Trees: Humorous Tales from a Pacific Northwest Writer and Hooked on Antifreeze: True Tales About Loving and Leaving Alaska. Both books are available at amazon.com. Woods’ poem “Remembering Harding Lake,” published in Cirque (Vol. 1, No.1), won the Andy Hope Literary Award. www.nancywoods.com. Kate Worthington spent seventeen years in Alaska and still hides out at her cabin near Talkeetna when she can. She recently graduated from law school at the University of New Mexico.
Erica Watson lives near Denali National Park, Alaska. Her writing has appeared previously in Cirque, as well as Vela Magazine, ISLE Journal, and other journals and websites. She earned her MFA in nonfiction at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2014.
Svaja Vansauskas Worthington of Chugiak, writer and translator, authored a biography in 2003 about the life of her grandfather, Stasys Silingas, a Lithuanian freedom fighter. Worthington has served as the Honorary Consul from the State of Alaska to the Republic of Lithuania since 2013.
Toby Widdicombe has taught literature of all sorts at the University of Alaska Anchorage for more than 20 years. He has published articles in Rethinking History, Extrapolation, Utopian Studies, Arena, ESQ, ATQ, English Language Notes, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, and Revista de Estudios Utópicos. He has just completed an edition of Troilus and Cressida as well as a revision of The Historical Dictionary of Utopianism. He is the former editor of Utopian Studies. In his spare time, he loves
While marveling at the greed of the global nuclear cabal, Douglas A. Yates arms himself with information presented and discussed at enenews.com. Growing up in places where nuclear fallout poisoned dairy pastures, forests, and rivers, his cynicism for authority was nurtured early. In addition to monitoring ionizing radiation in Alaska, Yates works as a photographer and writer in Ester. See: douglasyatesphoto. photoshelter.com
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