Gerald Cable book of poetry
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Gerald Cable’s poems are so full of life—exploring, inquiring, imagining—that it’s still hard to come to grips with his too early death. There is a wonderful spontaneity here, as the poems twist, weave, dart and land in unexpected places. In this absorbing book Cable moves through a wide assortment of jobs—crab fishing, panning for gold, farming and construction work—as well as extremes of weather—30 below winters, violent summer rainstorms—and a multitude of human and animal encounters. As they offer up verbal and sensory revelations, these poems express the full richness of one man’s experience.

— John Morgan, author of nine books, including The Hungers of the World: New and Collected Later Poems

It must be good to know, deep inside, that one lived one’s life to the fullest. I never met Jerry Cable, only heard about him—but I feel I’ve met him now, and I am stunned. His poems capture what it is to live and work for twenty years in Interior Alaska, all the while navigating between one’s past and the future, the cold and warmth, the fun and not. At the same time, many of the poems are like shining, mystical riddles. Spare and honest, they explore what lies beneath the moment – vivid, poignant, ecstatic, unsayable.

— Carolyn Kremers, author of Place of the Pretend People: Gifts from a Yup’ik Eskimo Village, The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North, and the poetry collection Upriver, finalist for the 2014 Willa Award

Gerald Cable’s new poetry book, If Singing Went On, is an extraordinary collection that explores the beauty and heartbreak of the world. These poems are the words of a man who built his own cabin in Alaska and worked construction there for many years. They examine ordinary events and difficult topics, all with the same careful attention to language. The voice in these resilient and achingly beautiful poems is powerful, confident, and wholly unique. I recommend this book with all my heart.

— Linda Schandelmeier, author of Listening Hard Among the Birches and Coming Out of Nowhere, winner of the Willa Award

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A Variable Sense of Things by Ron McFarland
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ISBN: 978-1737510482
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in

The teacher assigns her fourth-grade students to write “poems as lovely as trees,” and they go at it, these students whose aspirations are a display board at the county fair. Young Ron McFarland takes the subject to heart, and from his pencil unfurl leaves, sturdy branches, sunlight between the branches, possibly fruit and a wayward kite, and most certainly a nest in which birds burst with song. McFarland, in this and previous collections, goes far beyond trees. I see McFarland coloring the world, a sort of John Constable, beginning with trees and then with tenderness and art making it all come alive.

— Gary Soto, author of New and Selected Poems, a National Book Award Finalist, and One Kind of Faith

If you were to sit down with Ron McFarland (kitchen counter, seminar table, barstool), you would soon understand that he knows a very great deal about a whole lot of things and can talk about any of them with savvy and erudition, mostly disguised as plain talk. The experience is not a whole lot different from reading A Variable Sense of Things, his latest book of poems. Sometimes wry, sometimes downright funny; sometimes elegiac, sad, or rueful, and always, always smart. They do not strain, these poems. They are wise. They mean exactly what they say, and more.

— Robert Wrigley, author of Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems and The True Account of Myself As A Bird

Intensely personal poems, studded with unexpected ironies like grace notes, which illuminate the depth below the surface.

— Mary Clearman Blew, author of Think of Horses

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Cirque Press Author — Ron McFarland

Ron McFarlandRon McFarland was born in Bellaire, Ohio, grew up in Cocoa, Florida, took his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Florida State University in Tallahassee, taught two years at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, garnered his doctorate at the University of Illinois with a dissertation in 17th-century British literature, and embarked on a nearly 50-year teaching career at the University of Idaho, where he acted as impresario of poetry readings, served for many years as faculty advisor of the literary magazine Fugue, and helped create the MFA program. He played soccer with the Idaho club team for more than twenty years.

He was an Eagle Scout, and he played trumpet in a very good high school band. He almost played on the baseball team at Brevard Junior College (now East Florida State College), but instead edited the school newspaper, which prompted him to be a writer. He worked as library assistant in the Cocoa Public Library. In Texas he and a colleague edited a freshman composition reader-rhetoric, American Controversy, published by Scott-Foresman in 1968—his first book.

Confluence Press (Lewiston, Idaho) published a chapbook of his poems, Certain Women, in 1977, and he edited an anthology, Eight Idaho Poets, published by the University Press of Idaho. In 1984 he was named the state’s first Writer-in-Residence, a two-year position that entailed giving ten readings a year throughout the state for the next two years. In that context Confluence published his first full-length book of poems, Composting at Forty. His thirty-odd books include chapbooks of poems and booklets in the Western Writers Series on Tess Gallagher, William Kittredge, and Norman Maclean. The University of Idaho Press published his The World of David Wagoner in 1997.

Ron’s new and selected poems, Stranger in Town, appeared in 2000, the year Permafrost Press released his chapbook, The Mad Waitress Poems. His most recent full-length collection of poems, Subtle Thieves, appeared in 2012. Other titles include a memoir of growing up in Florida during the 1950s & 1960s, Confessions of a Night Librarian and Other Embarrassments, Catching First Light (stories & essays from Idaho), The Rockies in First Person (a study of regional memoirs), Appropriating Hemingway: Using Him as a Fictional Character, Edward J. Steptoe and the Indian Wars and most recently, Gary Soto: A Career in Poetry and Prose (2022) and Professor McFarland in Reel Time: Poems and Prose of an Angler (2020).

His two grown daughters and son have provided him with five grandchildren. With the love of his life Georgia Tiffany, pianist, former high school teacher, and poet, he has acquired four additional grandchildren. Georgia’s first full-length collection of poems, Body Be Sound, has just been published by Encircle Press. An occasional bird hunter, he regards himself as an avid but mostly inept fly angler. He currently serves as program director of the Clearwater Fly Casters.

Getting Home from Here by Anne Ward-Masterson

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ISBN: 979-8891213531
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Pages: 86

Getting Home from Here offers forty-seven stunning, thought-provoking poems covering a woman’s life whose personal history reflects much of the ethnic complexity, familial joys/sorrows, social strains, and natural beauty of the U.S. Anne Ward-Masterson writes of her New Hampshire girlhood, Wading into cool water/sinking soft sediment of the river bed oozes/sucking at our toes. And of Alaska, her home now, Spring cries storms against/My window all through twilight/Sunrise brings damp calm. Anne also calls out the racist history of the U.S. which foisted shame and confusion upon her mixed-race childhood but is now a source of pride. An inspiring and compelling read.

—Kerry Dean Feldman, author of Alice’s Trading Post: A Novel of the West, and poems in The Woman Within: Memory as Muse

In Getting Home from Here, especially her poems about race, Ward-Masterson calls out schools, the military, and people who make assumptions about her. She questions how people perceive blackness ("why won't I tone it down?"). She describes the cab of a pickup truck or a riverbed with equal clarity through sensory language. Her natural, occasional rhyme threads a consistent, melodic quality through several moments of soft, poignant sadness. Her devices hit their mark. An ecological element eases the pain: bees alight on her arms: "let nature heal the wounds it did not make." A rewarding read.

—Cynthia Steele

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Cirque Press Author — Anne Ward-Masterson

Anne Ward-Masterson
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Anne Ward-Masterson grew up in New Hampshire in the tame woods, fishing, canoeing and swimming in the Lamprey River and reading books on cold rainy days. Attending Brandeis University and later marrying into the USAF gave her a broader view of people, religions and food. She currently resides in Eagle River, Alaska, where there are no tame rivers or woods.

Crossing the Burnside Bridge & Other Poems by Janice D. Rubin

Crossing the Burnside Bridge
Editions:Paperback: $ 15.00
ISBN: 979-8891453579
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 76

Janice Rubin's newest book of poems, Crossing the Burnside Bridge & Other Poems, ends with the lines: Loss is a hallmark of identityWe don't have to reclaim everything. What comes before is a vivid collection of poems reclaiming memory, place, history, and love. This collection of poetry is an ode to growing up in Portland, living in Eugene and the Willamette Valley and a pandemic that's survived. The poems reveal a rich tapestry of personal history, direct and clear, a sense of empowerment and the confidence to feel deeply. Crossing the Burnside Bridge & Other Poems is a reflection of a life fully lived.

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Cirque Press Author — Janice D. Rubin

Crossing the Burnside BridgeJanice D. Rubin is a counselor and educator. She received her M.S. from the University of Oregon and her B.A. in English Literature. Her work has appeared in Third Wednesday, Literary & Arts Journal, San Pedro River Review, The Timberline Review, Red River Review, Cirque, a Literary
Journal for the North Pacific Rim, Tiger’s Eye Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, the Austin International Poetry Anthology, It Demands a Wildness of Me Poetry Anthology (Uttered Chaos
Press), and Pandemic Puzzle Poems Anthology (Blue Light Press) among others. She was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2008. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Blue Light Press Book Award. In 2019, her book Tin Coyote was nominated for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry. She has taught at Oregon State University and Lane Community College. She's the author of Transcending Damnation Creek Trail & Other Poems (Flutter Press, 2010) and Tin Coyote
(Blue Light Press, 2018). Crossing the Burnside Bridge & Other Poems is her third collection of poetry.

Infinite Meditations: For Inspiration & Daily Practice by Scott Hanson

Infinite Meditations by Scott Hanson
Editions:Paperback: $ 20.00
ISBN: 979-8218961077
Size: 6.00 x 8.00 in
Pages: 311
Kindle: $ 15.00
ISBN: B0CDK8CV77

Infinite Meditations: For Inspiration & Daily Practice offers techniques to:

  • Ground yourself in times of stress and change;
  • Discover or re-kindle your spiritual journey;
  • Tap into your intuition to maximize personal joy and effectiveness;
  • Create an unlimited number of unique meditation mantras based on your beliefs and goals

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This surely is a work of art! I like that the meditations are given in a context that is useful and meaningful to the reader; in this book, the author holds a nice balance of being capable and informative, yet also humble. The first time I tried it I just “asked,” and the number 33 popped into my mind, so I read Meditation 33 and chuckled at how appropriate it was. Thank you for sharing Infinite Meditations with me – may it have a good journey out into the world.

— Jane English, PhD, Photographer, Author of A Rainbow of Tao, and co-creator with Gia-Fu Feng of an edition of Tao Te Ching. See eheart.com

Infinite Meditations invites the reader into a multi-faceted, ongoing conversation with the Tao Te Ching, that ancient Chinese classic of mystery and sensibility. Scott Hanson’s inspired reflections on the Tao and other rich founts offer compelling insights and possibilities for the reader to create a path of one’s own. Here you will find ageless wisdom, new perspectives, and bountiful nourishment for an enduring meditation practice. Drawing from an extensive range of sources as varied as multiple translations of the Tao Te Ching, including one by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English, to the discoveries of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, Scott Hanson has created an accessible and compelling gateway to a meditation practice for a lifetime.

— Carol Ann Wilson, Author, Still Point of the Turning World: The Life of Gia-fu Feng, Foreword Magazine’s 2010 Book of the Year

In my years leading teams of people, I have consistently been an advocate for a holistic approach to work – meaning that it is important to be happy in life, and work is only one component of happiness. One strategy I use for personal happiness, and have recommended to others, is to begin every day with some form of positive reinforcement either through reading or meditation.

I was energized by Scott’s vision and approach to a subject that is dear to me. This book not only addresses the value of daily meditation but also acts as a guide for newcomers to the practice. I would recommend it to anyone who craves more peace and harmony in their life, and particularly as a tool to those who are faced with unanticipated challenges. I see Infinite Meditations serving as an inspirational conduit to people focused on improving themselves.

— Robert Ackerman, Author, Executive Coach and Former COO of a Fortune 500 Company

This is a unique interpretation of the Tao Te Ching that offers an understanding of the fundamental ideas of Taoism in a modernized and eclectic style. I find that subsequent readings of specific meditations reveal additional insights and depth to the experience. I highly encourage everyone to give this work at least one read, the number of meditations absolutely being finite notwithstanding.

— Jack Hanson, Mathematics Instructor

The largest insufficiency of American culture today is the lack of the masses to recognize one thing: that each person has a soul that begs to be understood in its relation to a just and loving higher power. Meditation can be one of the best platforms in life to pursue knowledge of our inner being, and of God. With Infinite Meditations, Scott Hanson gives the reader a solid foundation for the value of meditation / contemplation; then the tools to incorporate that into daily life in ways that are meaningful to each person. Hats off to this unique and extensive effort. I highly recommend it!

— Greg Gibson, Author of Rhythm of the Stride: Answers in Time

Learning to meditate over the past two years has really helped me navigate through a very difficult time. As I have evolved with it, I find I usually meditate in the early evenings, as this gives me the greatest peace of mind. I don’t love all of the meditations that Scott shares, and I tell him that! But I particularly love my meditation - “Peace Come to Me” (80); as well as “Meditation 65 - I am the Song,” and “Meditation 78 - Becoming One with the River.” The vision of becoming like ice melting (from 78) is a mantra that really appeals to me and helps me let go.

— Gail Halsaver

It has been nothing short of a fantastic journey watching this project unfold from its first conception, through many years of drafts and re-writes to the present moment. I admire Scott’s vision and his driving passion to create a work that reflects the spirit and depth of his personal meditation practice. It has been a privilege reading, experimenting with mantras, and offering my edits to meditations in real time with him. I believe the book succeeds in providing simple, profound messages that will serve to guide, ground, and inspire.

— Kristina Hanson

The truth is, meditation can be a challenging habit to develop yet the commitment and dedication of this very personal act of self-discipline is well worth the effort. ​​​​​​I have been meditating for over 20 years and the benefits Scott lays out are true and here for us.

I love how Scott has brought together not only individual meditations on various subjects but he also explains the benefits of meditating; tips on how to meditate; suggestions for enhancing one's practice; and more.

The well-written and thoughtful individual meditations have given me a resource of topics to meditate on that have enhanced my own practice. Infinite Meditations would be a great book not only for an advanced meditator but also for a beginner.

— Signe Nichols, a long-time student of the practice of meditation and seeker of mindfulness

 

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Cirque Press Author — Scott Hanson

Author Scott HansonScott Hanson is a writer, wireless professional, poet and philosopher who lives in Kingston, Washington. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, he was raised in Bellevue, Washington and graduated from the University of Washington in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. His mother – herself a painter in watercolors – inspired an appreciation for music, writing and the arts. Scott took piano lessons, taught himself to play the drums as a teenager and began writing journal entries, poetry and short stories. He worked several different jobs during college and in his twenties, including as a bread & pastry truck driver, while chasing his youthful dreams of becoming the next John Steinbeck or John Bonham. In 1992, at 26 years old, he finished his first book (unpublished), Gramma Betty and Grampa Jack, a genealogical history of the maternal side of his family.

At 18 years old, a friend introduced Scott to Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English, 1972 New Vintage Books. He felt an immediate affinity with the words and started a spiritual journey in Eastern Philosophy and meditation. In his mid-thirties, during a time of significant personal setbacks and challenges, he began to practice meditation every day to various translations of the Tao Te Ching. As the years passed, a dream gathered in him to create a “modernized” version of the Tao for his personal use and to share with others. In 2017, at 50 years old, he quit his full-time job as an account executive in the wireless industry, giving himself one year to pursue his dream. But six months later, during a trip out of state with his wife, their home caught fire and burned to the ground. While this was a huge challenge for their family, it also expanded his perspectives and changed the direction of the book. Six years and many side turns later, Infinite Meditations: for Inspiration and Daily Practice is Scott Hanson’s first published book.

Mail Order Nurse: To the Arctic

Mail Order Nurse by Sue Lium
Editions:Paperback: $ 15.00
ISBN: 979-8890345509
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 274

Mail Order Nurse to the Arctic is the lively memoir of a young, city-bred nurse who flew to Kotzebue for her first job in 1969. It is an engaging read about ingenuity in medical care, the author’s fascination with the land and her cross-cultural pleasures and mishaps. The book covers the first two years of her nursing career, including time in Barrow [Utqiavik]. It benefits from the author’s photos and from her current perspective as a long-time Alaska nurse. Highly recommended for readers interested in Alaska history, medicine, and memoir.

—Sarah Crawford Isto, MD, author of The Fur Farms of Alaska: Two Centuries of History and a Forgotten Stampede and Good Company: A Mining Family in Fairbanks, Alaska

Settle in for a fascinating tour of a culture on the edge of the world, the Inupiat people of Northwest Alaska. Join Sue in fun activities from partaking in a caribou hunt, to racing across the sea ice behind a dog team, to learning cultural differences like why the Inupiat never say goodbye. Sue also shows us another side of life in this remote region, from struggles with alcohol, to culture shock to murder. All in all, it is a riveting read delivered by an empathetic observer of a tough and hardy people legendary for their survival skills in one of the harshest environments on earth.

— Stan Jones, author of The Nathan Active Arctic mysteries

Sue Lium willingly immersed herself into the diverse culture and lifestyles of the Native residents above the Arctic Circle in the American Inupiaq village of Kotzebue. For two years, Lium embraced and explored their unique way of life while being continually tested by harsh arctic weather blended with the intricacies of practicing frontier medicine and life by airplane, dog sled and skidoo. A wonderful story of adaptation and adventure.

— John Kinnear, Canadian historian and columnist, Crowsnest Pass Herald

 

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Sue Lium

Sue Lium (nee Robinson) was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She moved to Alaska after graduating nursing school from the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta and worked for USPHS in their hospitals in Kotzebue and Barrow. After leaving the Arctic she worked at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California before marrying and returning to Alaska. She retired after working thirty years at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska. Now widowed, she is the mother of two boys and grandmother to five grandchildren. She can be reached at [email protected].

All in Due Time: A Memoir of Siblings, Genealogy, Secrets and Love

All in Due Time by Kate Troll
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ISBN: 979-8889920250
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 199

Kate Troll’s frank personal memoir proves that Tolstoy was wrong — All happy families are not alike. The six talented, close-knit Troll siblings shared a loving, fun-filled childhood and remain best of pals as adults. Turns out, there is something (or I should say someone?) missing. And that is only half of it. All in Due Time is full of surprises and puzzles, but mostly it made me wish I were a long-lost Troll.

— Heather Lende, Alaska State Writer Laureate and author of If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name

The surprises and turns in the story provide an opportunity for the author to fill in important backstories and topics relevant to today’s women and families. For example, the backstory of the author's mother includes her being sent off to live in a home for “ostracized women and unwed mothers.” In this way All in Due Time provides a unique glimpse into how far women have come in the last seventy years. Additionally, the author explores timely topics such as the influence of birth order and how much of our political ideology comes from our genetics. It is these backstories and investigations that makes All in Due Time a robust and fascinating read relevant for our times.

An emotionally satisfying story with a charming cast of characters and a big-hearted perspective, All in Due Time is a fitting memoir for our era of genetic surprises. Unlike many memoirs on this topic, Troll conveys the sunnier side of digging into dark family secrets, weaving a tale of joy, inclusivity, and empathy.

—Andromeda Romano-Lax, author of Annie and the Wolves, Plum Rains, and Behave

As an only child, as an adoptee, and as an Alaskan I loved this book. The writing was so good, I couldn't put it down. As a result of reading All in Due Time, I now have decided to learn about my biological father and his family.

—Diane Antaya, primary teacher, Juneau, Alaska

 

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Cirque Press Author — Kate Troll

Kate Troll
Kate Troll

Kate Troll is an author, op-ed columnist, wilderness adventurer, and speaker on conservation and climate issues. Her opinion pieces have been published in the Washington Post, the L.A. Times and The Nation. For three years she was a regular columnist for Alaska's only statewide paper. In 2017, Kate published a creative nonfiction book about sustainability and climate change. Her book, The Great Unconformity, Reflections on Hope in an Imperiled World, led to her being invited as faculty at the Chuckanut Writer's Conference in Bellingham, Washington.

The Woman Within: Memory as Muse by Tami Phelps & Kerry Dean Feldman

The Woman Within by Tami Phelps
Editions:Paperback: $ 22.00
ISBN: 979-8889923206
Size: 8.50 x 11.00 in
Pages: 124
Hardcover: $ 33.82
ISBN: 979-8888956403
Size: 8.25 x 11.00 in
Pages: 124

An edgy collaboration of the heart, The Woman Within: Memory as Muse, brings the paintings of Anchorage artist Tami Phelps into the expressive realm of her writer-anthropologist husband, Kerry Dean Feldman, who does not disappoint as he embraces them in verse about respect due to women. Presented daringly in varied configurations, they challenge or confirm ideas of gender and destiny. The art works surprise and delightfully confound. The sections that follow include Phelps’s collaboration with renowned fine art photographer Richard J. Murphy.

"The Woman Within: Memory as Muse, is a treasure. A collaboration of unique talent that sends creative and thoughtful ripples through the pond."

—Douglas Mehrens, founder of the Museum of Encaustic Art, Encaustic Art Institute, and Encaustic Arts Magazine

"The authors deftly invite us to a place of calm reflection in which diversity, respectfulness, and choice are honored."

—Sheary Clough Suiter, visual artist and educator

"This book is a visually charming memoir-cum-paeon to the feminine by artist Tami Phelps, her husband poet Kerry Dean Feldman, and photographer Richard J. Murphy."

—David McElroy, author of Water the Rocks Make, University of Alaska Press

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Cirque Press Authors — Tami Phelps and Kerry Dean Feldman

Tami Phelps arrived in Alaska in 1970. She attended college and Montessori education in Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, and Washington, receiving her B.Ed. degree from University of Alaska Anchorage. Her art is on the cover of Drunk on Love: Twelve Stories to Savor Responsibly (Cirque Press, 2019, by Kerry Dean Feldman), and twice on the covers of Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim (Vol.8, No.2 and Vol.12, No.1). She is co-author with Kerry Dean Feldman of Miss Tami Is Today Tomorrow? Kindergarten in Alaska: Stories for Grown-Ups (Cirque Press, 2021), illustrated by Tammy Murray.

Visit her website at this link.

Kerry Dean Feldman is currently a professor emeritus in anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage after a four-decade career (PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder). Five Star/Gale (Maine) published his historical western novel, Alice’s Trading Post: A Novel of the West (2022). Cirque Press published several poems in Cirque journal, his short story collection, Drunk on Love; Twelve Stories to Savor Responsibly (2019), and his noir murder mystery set in Montana, Kettle Dance: Murder in the Big Sky (2022).

In the Winter of the Orange Snow

In the Winter of the Orange Snow
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ISBN: 979-8889926733
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 303

In the Winter of the Orange Snow captures a era of freewheeling adventure in southwest Alaska, beginning in 1955, when Diane and Bob Carpenter embraced the wild with curiosity and courage, and the phrase “only in Bethel” was coined in response to events both mysterious and magical.

 

"Diane Carpenter captures the spirit, the oddities, the bizarreness of characters and happenings, as well the unique and beautiful environment and indigenous people of the Kuskokwim. She does so with humor, sensitivity, and clear recollections. It’s a tough land. One cannot help but greatly admire this woman. No tourists here in Bethel, Alaska, where primitive ways became modern times in the span of a lifetime."

— Clif Bates, author of Sky Changes on the Kuskokwim

"Diane Carpenter’s book is a delightful tramp through the Alaska bush country in the 1950s and sixties through the eyes of a great storyteller. The tales are sobering, hilarious and very informative, each a window into the details of the storyteller’s life and times. For many Alaskans, the book will be nostalgic. For others, it will bridge the gap between those who live on the road system and the bush. For readers in the Lower 48 states, this book will be an astounding ride on boats, airplanes, and dog-sleds through the Alaska wilderness."

— James H. Barker, author of Always Getting Ready/Upterrlainarluta: Yup’ik Eskimo Subsistence in Southwest Alaska

 

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Cirque Press Author — Diane Carpenter

Diane Carpenter

The tough landscape of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta required someone like Diane Carpenter. As the decades passed, Diane was a teacher, a social activist and statewide leader. She was elected mayor of Bethel. She chaired the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Counsel on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

She was a state delegate to the National Women’s Conference in Houston and lead organizer of the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC). She taught in public schools and the local college. As she approached retirement, she set up the Pacifica Institute, a non-profit educational organization that developed many innovative programs. In 2007, Diane retired and moved from Bethel to the historic town of Alamos, Sonora, where she renovated a 250-year-old villa.

She recently celebrated her 90th birthday there.

Yosemite Dawning: Poems of The Sierra Nevada by Shauna Potocky

Yosemite Dawning by Shauna Potocky
Editions:Paperback: $ 18.00
ISBN: 979-8888953150
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 115

"Shauna Potocky’s book calls us to join her travels through public lands that await us, know us and are part of us—trails, crevices, rivers, animals and mountain peaks. The fauna and the flora in each poem are a discovery, a relationship, a new life and an enlightenment. You will breathe deeply as you trek through her poems and drawings. You will become part of the earth’s true life, you will want to leave behind the manufactured freeze-dried urban-scapes. You will be at peace. Every poem is a new height, an unexpected vista, proof of her deep knowledge and love for the environment and its wiggly lives and grand miracles. The poems and drawings, the trails and compassion all lead us to a magnificent dawn indeed. This is a most necessary collection and a sure prize-winner."

—Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, Emeritus

"Yosemite Dawning is an epic love poem for Yosemite National Park. These are not sentimental lines but rather a caretaker’s loving astonishment of Nature with one eye towards environmental despair and the other towards hope. The poet finds a legacy among the park’s jagged peaks: “Every route, they say, is a signature line.”"

—Tawhida Tanya Evanson, author of Book of Wings

"Shauna Potocky’s new collection, Yosemite Dawning, brims with lyrical descriptions of one of the nation’s greatest treasures, its imagery blessing both those who have experienced Yosemite firsthand and those who may now do so by reading this exquisite book of poetry. At once an accomplished collection and a call to environmental awareness and appreciation for the natural world, Yosemite Dawning will enjoin readers in newfound appreciation for this particular treasure as well as all our natural wonders."

— Marcia Meier, New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner and author of Face, A Memoir

Shauna Potocky’s debut book of poetry takes us from the edge of the Central Valley, California with its wildlife refuges and agricultural fields, through foothills and into the realm of summits within the Sierra Nevada, including colorful and scent filled meanderings on the Eastside of this spectacular range. It is a journey of landscapes and time—cultural connections, histories, climbing and contemporary questions. The poet connects us to the unseen, to the tangible, to textures and tales, from the dusty past to today, and thoughtfully asks us how we will forge the future.

Book includes color drawings by Shauna Potocky

Cover Art "Seeing is Believing" by Penny Otwell

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Cirque Press Author — Shauna Potocky

shauna potockyShauna Potocky has a deep love of high peaks, jagged ridgelines and ice. She has a strong connection to the natural world—including both landscapes and seascapes with their rough or subtle edges where life unfolds; her writing has been described as poetic memoir and powerful witnessing. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications and journals both at home and internationally; her forth coming book of poetry Sea Smoke, Spindrift and Other Spells is scheduled to be published by Cirque Press. Shauna Potocky is a poet and painter who lives in Seward, Alaska located within the traditional homelands of the Sugpiaq people.