130 where she has taught for 16 years and is now core faculty in poetry in the Low-Residency M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. She is the author of three books of poetry: Flying Out With The Wounded (NYU Press, 1997) Judah’s Lion (THP, 2009), and Prodigal (Aldrich Press, 2014). When she isn’t in Alaska, she lives with her husband, Ian Gallimore, and their granddaughter, Sarah, in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. David Cheezem is a co-owner of Fireside Books in Palmer, Alaska, which he opened in 2001 as an excuse to have poetry readings. His poems have appeared in Platte Valley Review. 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 coedits the quarterly journal, Alaska Women Speak. She lives in Sitka, Alaska. Wendy Cohan is a writer from Missoula, Montana, and the proud mother of two grown sons. An outdoor enthusiast, with a passion for the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and cycling, as well as a good road trip whenever possible. Wendy is also a nurse-educator and the author of The Better Bladder Book and What Nurses Know…Headaches. In Chilling addition to writing poetry, Wendy enjoys writing creative nonfiction and personal narrative. Jonathan Cooper lives with his family in Vancouver, Canada. His poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in various publications, including The New Plains Review, The Commonline Journal, and The Statesman Journal. Michael Daley’s fourth collection of poems, Of a Feather, has just been published by Empty Bowl. A retired English teacher, he lives in Anacortes, Washington. Scott Davidson lives with his wife in Missoula, MT, where he works as marketing director for an organic soap company. His poems have appeared in the Potomac Review, Shadow Road Quarterly, San Pedro River Review, and the Permanent Press anthology Crossing the River: Poets of the Western United States. Kimberly Davis is Alaskan born & raised. As a local residential gardener, Kim is inspired by the beautiful flora that surrounds her summer days. She has a great love of the outdoors, travel, and photography. Patrick Dixon is a retired photography instructor and commercial fisherman whose photos have been published in Smithsonian, Oregon Coast, National Fisherman, and others. He is the editor the seven-book anthology of fisherpoetry, Anchored in Deep Water (2014). His poetry chapbook, Arc of Visibility, won the 2015 Alabama State Poetry Society’s annual Morris Memorial competition. Victoria Doerper is a writer living in Bellingham, Washington. Her poems have been published in the Sue C. Boynton poetry contest chapbook and in the journals for 2013 and 2014 produced by Whatcom WRITES. She has a B.A. in English from the University of California at Davis, is old enough for Medicare, but not old enough to know better, so she keeps writing until she does.
CIRQUE Ben DuPree lives and writes full-time in Portland, Oregon. He earned a B.A. in English and Writing from Reed College, where he was published in their Creative Review. Heather Durham is a naturalist and nature writer currently pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. A city dweller with the soul of a hermit, she can often be found in the wild places in and around Portland, Oregon with a journal, a field guide, and a pair of binoculars, head cocked and listening to the birds. Gene Ervine - I like the crisp clarity of Alaska’s winter landscape, and want to emulate that with my poems. My work has appeared in the previous issue of CIRQUE and in several recent issues of CLOVER a literary rag. Joining a group of writers in Anchorage recently called “10 Poets” has been beneficial. David Fewster was born in upstate New York. After several years of sordid fun in California, he moved to Seattle in 1987. His essays, sketches, fiction, and poetry have appeared in the LA Weekly, Exquisite Corpse, Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, the Stranger, Cups, Point No Point, the anthologies Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapalooza 94 Jennifer Andrulli (Manic D Press), Thus Spake the Corpse Vol. 2 (Black Sparrow Press) and elsewhere. He calls Tacoma home since 1996. His book Diary of a Homeless Alcoholic Suicidal Maniac & Other Picture Postcards was funded by the Tacoma Arts Commission. He plays with Heidi Fosner in the group Folksingers In Hell. Leonie Mikele Fogle is a Seattle native whose poetry has appeared in Cordite Review and Soundings Review. She is a recent graduate of Northwest Institute of Arts’ Master’s program, where she studied with David Wagoner and Carolyne Wright. Her background is in theatre--she enjoys production and playwriting—and presented a reading of David Wagoner’s “First Class” during the AWP Conference in Seattle, in 2013. She is currently editing a documentary film about Mr. Wagoner—a highly influential teacher and editor, as well as a prolific poet. William Ford worked in Brilliant Corners, Kentucky Review, The Lake (U.K.), Monarch Review, Stoneboat, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and The Wallace Stevens Journal. Retired from teaching and editing, he lives in Iowa City, IA. Kenny Gerling has an MA in English from the University of Tennessee. Originally from Jefferson City, MO, he now lives in Anchorage, AK. He’s an intern for Cirque where his poetry has also appeared. Jo Going As well as creating with words and images simultaneously, I also create from material inspired by not only my life in the arctic but also my life in Italy. Last year I arrived in Torino, home of my dear friend Sarah, on the very night following her California fatherʼs death. My visit was an example of perfect timing, as this poem and painting bears witness. Sierra Golden received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Winner of the program’s 2012 Academy of American Poets Prize, Golden’s work appears widely in literary journals such as Mid-