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CONTRIBUTORS Jennifer Andrulli – Inspired by our environment, Mother Earth. My journey continues. Alexandra Ellen Appel describes her work as a paradox of faith in opposition and confrontation. A poem is soothsaying, or at the very least indicates an aspect of truth. Her recent publications include: Animal: Writers in the Attic, An Anthology of Short Stories & Poetry (Log Cabin Books, Boise, Idaho, September 2015), Cirque, CrossCurrents North: Alaskans on The Environment (University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 2006) and Toward A Philosophy of Education based on Eco-psychological Principles (University of Vermont, 2000). Sarah Aronson was born and raised in Southeast Alaska, now enrolled in the University of Montana MFA program. Her work has appeared in Camas and Psychology Tomorrow magazines. Christianne Balk is the author of the three poetry collections: Bindweed, Desiring Flight, and -- just released -- The Holding Hours (University of Washington Press). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Cirque, the New Yorker, and the New Republic Christianne lives in Seattle, where she writes and teaches creative writing, and travels frequently into the Cascade Mountains. Scott Banks is an Anchorage writer and photographer. His work has appeared in previous issues of Cirque, Stoneboat, Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Drake, American Heritage Magazine and other publications. Gabrielle Barnett currently lives in Anchorage, AK, but has also called Girdwood, AK, and Vancouver, BC home. She has been steadily publishing her poetry, in journals here and there, for the past 5 years, (though she has been writing poetry much, much longer than that). She anticipates publication of her first short story, and her first contribution to an anthology, in fall 2016. Clifton Bates has lived and worked in Alaska the last 38 years. He has been involved with Alaska Native education in one form or another during this time (teacher, district administrator, university professor). He has had a variety of plays, poetry, fiction, and education articles published. He co-authored the book, Conflicting Landscapes, American Education/Alaska Natives, with the Very Rev. Dr. Oleksa. After living in Bush Alaska on the Kuskokwim River for twenty-some years, he now lives in Chugiak, Alaska. Tom Begich is a poet and singer/songwriter born and currently living in Anchorage, Alaska. He has previously published a poetry collection, Six Truths: fifty sonnets, five CDs of original music, and a compilation music/poetry CD with acclaimed poet Timothy Mason. He spends his days either dreaming of, or driving on, the road. Originally from New York City, Robert Bharda (Ward) has lived in the Seattle area where for the last 35 years he has specialized in vintage photographica as a profession, everything from salt prints to poloroids. As a writer, his poetry, fiction and critical reviews have appeared in The North American Review, Northwest Review, Shenandoah, Quarterly West, Willow Springs, ACM, Cutbank, Fine Madness, Kansas Quarterly, Yellow Silk, Poets On, Blue Fifth and many others including anthologies. A visual artist as well, his work has appeared in numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad with images on the covers of Naugatuck River Review and Blue Five Notebook, and in Conclave 8, the on-line Cahoodahoodaling, The Adirondack Review, Rio Grande Review, Cirque and Blue Fifth Notebook, with images forthcoming in aaduna and Naugatuck River Review.

Snow Melt, High Meadows in the Blue Mountains

Jill Johnson

Annie Boochever is a lifelong Alaskan and member of Alaska’s 49 Writers. She has an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and is the author of Bristol Bay Summer published by Alaska Northwest Books. Marilyn Borell was born and raised in International Falls, Minnesota, a community only slightly warmer than Fairbanks. She and her husband Steve moved to Anchorage in 1986, where she still lives and writes. Her recent work has appeared in Cirque, and the Anchorage centennial anthology Anchorage Remembers. Gretchen Brinck retired from social work in 2010 to focus on writing. Several nonfiction tales about her work in the YK Delta have appeared in Cirque; one received the Andy Hope award. She is currently editing her nonfiction book The Fox Boy for University of Alaska Press. Pam Butcher was born in Anchorage, AK in 1960 and has lived in Alaska always. Pam is a visual artist, making her living in print design. The landscape is one of her many muses, and photography is just one way of finding and sharing the details she sees with everyone else. Matt Caprioli is an MFA student in memoir at Hunter College in New York. He studied English literature and psychology at UAA. He has contributed to The Huffington Post, The Paris Review Daily, Alaska Dispatch, and The Anchorage Press. Anne Caston is a professor and former nurse, born in Arkansas and raised in the deep south. Caston teaches at the University of Alaska

Cirque, Vol. 7 No. 1  

A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim

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