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Vo l . 7 N o . 1 Adrienne Ross Scanlan’s nature writing and other creative nonfiction has appeared in the City Creatures blog, the Prentice Hall Reader, Sugar Mule, Pilgrimage, Tiny Lights and many other print or online journals. She’s the nonfiction editor of the Blue Lyra Review and her narrative nonfiction book, Turning Homeward – Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild (tentative title) will be published by Mountaineers Books in fall/winter 2016. “The Waltz” is her first foray into fiction. Her website is and she can be reached at adrienne@ Tom Sexton lives in Anchorage with his wife and their Irish Terrier, Murphy. 48 Oak Street is the opening section of a memoir in progress about his early years in Lowell, Massachusetts until his arrival in Anchorage in 1959 as an eighteen year old army private.  He’s the former poetry editor of the Alaska Quarterly Review and the author of many collections of poetry. His latest collection is A Ladder of Crane, University of Alaska Press, 2015. Deborah Chava Singer is a poet and playwright, originally from San Diego, California, who, after many experiences, detours, mistakes, pseudo-epiphanies and two years in Canada, now resides in Vancouver, Washington. Her writing has recently appeared in Snapdragon, Twisted Vine, Labletter and Off the Rocks. Judith Skillman is the author of fifteen collections of poetry. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Tampa Review, Prairie Schooner, FIELD, The Iowa Review, Poetry, and other journals. Awards include a grant from the Academy of American Poets. Skillman has taught in the field of humanities for twenty-five years, and has collaboratively translated poems from Italian, Portuguese, and French. Currently she works on manuscript review. Visit Jennifer L. Smith lives in Eagle River, Alaska. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Cirque, Yellow Chair Review, Eunoia Review, and Alaska Women Speak. See more of her work at Jen Soriano is a Filipina-American writer and communications strategist. She has published pieces in many outlets including Mother Jones, Filipinas Magazine, Yes!, ParentMap, Stir Journal and her own blog In 2002, Jen co-founded the Center for Media Justice, an organization dedicated to democratizing digital media. As founder

of Lionswrite Communications, Jen strengthens the communications work of social justice groups at the local, national and international levels. Jen lives in Seattle with her husband, her toddler son, and their wise-mutt Kabu. She wants whatever you are eating right now, and would love to connect with you on Twitter. A 44 year Juneau resident, Richard Stokes retired after 23 years from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. He now works seasonally as a naturalist guide for Gastineau Guiding in Juneau. He writes often about nature which he loves and aging which he is doing. Michael Strelow – My first novel, The Greening of Ben Brown, was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award of Oregon Literary Arts in 2005. My second novel, Henry: A Novel of Beer and Love in the West, was published in 2014. In November of 2016, The Moby-Dick Blues, a novel about the lost manuscript for Moby-Dick, will be out. I have published poetry, short stories, and non-fiction essays in many literary and a few commercial magazines: e.g. Cirque, Sou’Wester, The Northwest Review, The Bellingham Review, Kansas Quarterly, CutBank, Midwest Poetry Review, Orchid Magazine, and many others. I live and write in Salem, Oregon. Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Sheary Clough Suiter lived in Alaska for 35 years before her recent transition to Colorado. Her encaustic fine art is represented in Anchorage, Alaska by Stephan Fine Art, in Portland, Oregon by the Attic Gallery, and in Colorado Springs by 45 Degree Gallery. When she’s not on the back-roads of America traveling and painting, Suiter works and teaches from her studio in Colorado Springs. Online at Karin Swanson moved to the Pacific Northwest for the third time in 2012 after spending a decade in Hawaii, where she taught writing and journalism at a private high school. She has lived and taught in Italy and China, her wanderlust nurtured by a loving partner whose job required frequent relocation. A former journalist, she loves how poetry and journalistic prose both embrace economy of language, but to different ends. James Sweeney lives in a small cabin in the woods outside of Hope, Alaska. He’s working as a carpenter on a timber frame house. Politically he is green and rides his bike most everywhere. He has two books: The List and A Thousand Prayers: Alaska Expedition Marine Life Solidarity. Jim is a long time contributor to Cirque. His story “Break Shack” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Joan Swift is the author of four full-length books of poetry and two chapbooks, as well as a small book on the early history of the City of Edmonds, Washington where she lives. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, she has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington where she studied in Theodore Roethke’s last class. She is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, a writing grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and a Writer’s Award from the Washington State Arts Commission. Two of her books of poetry, The Dark Path of Our Names, and The Tiger Iris, were honored with Washington State Governor’s Awards. Her poems have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Yale Review, The American Poetry Review, Field, Poetry Northwest, and dozens of others, including more than two dozen anthologies.

Winter is Coming

Monica O’Keefe

Cirque, Vol. 7 No. 1  

A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim

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