Between Promise and Sadness Poems by Joanne Townsend

Between Promise and Sadness by Joanne Townsend
Editions:Paperback: $ 20.00
ISBN: 979-8888627686
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 115

Former Alaska Poet Laureate, Joanne Townsend, had a naturalist’s eye and a poet’s ability to convey her emotions and love of nature. Her poems speak of pleasure as well as the sorrow of losing of her only son. When Joanne died, only a large unsorted pile of poems in hard copy was found. Her friends and colleagues in Las Cruces, New Mexico: Ellen Roberts Young, Christine Eber and Joseph Somoza, with assistance from Peter Goodman, F. Richard Thomas and Frank Varela composed this book. Joanne Townsend's posthumous collection, Promise and Sadness, is a tribute to her life and legacy.

"When Joanne Townsend and I were introduced (by a poet, of course) over 45 years ago, we hit it off right away. After all, we had many things in common: a history with the Atlantic seaboard, raising sons, a reverence for history, flower gardening. But the most important thing we shared was a belief that poetry is a necessary component of civilization. Further, we weren't kidding around: each of us was deeply committed to writing the best poetry she could. In particular, Joanne focused on helping the elderly struggling to express themselves.

Her departure has left a big gap in my universe."

— Ann Chandonnet, author of Baby Abe: A Lullaby for Lincoln

"I didn't know Joanne Townsend well during the decades when she lived in Alaska, and if you know me at all that will not come as a surprise. Now, after reading her Between Promise and Sadness I wish I had. She had a naturalists' eye and a poet's ability to convey what she saw and felt to the reader. She knew joy and more than her share of suffering, including the death of her only son, but in the end, hers is a joyful voice, a kind and understanding one. As much as I admire her "nature" poems from her time in Alaska and her final decades in New Mexico, her cactus and lupine poems, it's her poems about growing up in an immigrant section of Boston that I will read again and again with envy and appreciation."

— Tom Sexton, author of For the Sake of the Light; New and Selected Poems, Li Bai Rides a Celestial Dolphin Home, and Cummiskey Alley: New and Selected Lowell Poems

"One of Joanne Townsend's lines, "from a life less clear," could have served as title. Juxtaposing Alaska and New Mexico, and different eras from her life, she sets us somewhere with concrete and evocative details, then shares her wonderfully pensive later reflections on people, places, and experiences. I like her mix of savoring the moment but also holding it and letting it grow and change in memory; her joy and her candor."

— Peter Goodman, Columnist for the Las Cruces Sun-News and the blog "Views from Soledad Canyon".

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About Joanne Townsend

Joanne Townsend
Joanne Townsend

Joanne Townsend was named Poet Laureate for Alaska by the state legislature in 1988. Collection description: The collection consists of papers regarding Joanne Townsend’s work as a poet and her relations with other Alaskan authors.

 

Transplanted by Birgit Lennertz Sarrimanolis

Transplanted by Birgit Lennertz Sarrimanolis
Editions:Paperback: $ 15.00
ISBN: 979-8888627549
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 230

"Transplanted is an honest, frank and unsentimental memoir about a life-threatening leukemia diagnosis and an against-all-odds recovery. Birgit Lennertz Sarrimanolis is a skilled writer. She packs the pages with the kind of medical and logistical details anyone dealing with cancer in Alaska will appreciate, and yet this is no “how to” manual. Her story is deeply personal—and that is why it moved my heart and gave me hope."

— Heather Lende, Alaska State Writer Laureate and author of Of Bears And Ballots and Find The Good

"An exhilarating read, Transplanted is a braided story chronicling the author’s excruciating battle with cancer against the backdrop of Alaska’s far northern landscape, a place of wild contradictions and inclement weather. Engulfed in a wilderness of her own, made up of multiple hospitalizations and the weight of exhaustion and pain, the author takes refuge in the healing powers of the hills, trees, sky and trails she has so vividly come to love...The author’s eloquent language and crisp attentiveness to place, shine, both lyrically and poetically. As sure as permafrost resists the melt, she fights long and hard to regain her health, though her life will never be the same again. Quiet triumph can be found in the fog of loss, and this author artfully shows us how."

— Monica Devine, Author of Water Mask

"One woman’s account - lyrical, moving, occasionally quite funny - of making her home in the Far North, only to find that the wilderness was inside her."

— Jennifer Brice, author of Unlearning To Fly

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Cirque Press Author — Birgit Lennertz Sarrimanolis

Birgit Lennertz Sarrimanolis holds a BA in art history and German studies, an MA in art history, and a PhD in art education. Her work has appeared in Cirque Journal, Five on the Fifth, 49 Writers, Shark Reef, and Medicine and Meaning. Her story “April Supermoon” aired on Juneau KTOO’s Community Connections series. She was a finalist in the 2020 Pacific Northwest Writers Association literary contest and won second place in the 2021 Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. She regularly attends writing conferences, including the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, the Seattle Writing Workshop, and the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference. She has lived in Indonesia, India, Chile, Argentina, Egypt, Germany, and Greece, but now calls Alaska home, where she writes overlooking the Tanana Valley. More information and her Alaskan blog can be found at her website: www.birgitsarrimanolis.com

Sky Changes On the Kuskokwim: A Novel by Clifton Bates

Sky Changes on the Kuskokwim
Editions:Paperback: $ 18.00
ISBN: 979-8887573380
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 207

In the course of a lifetime, so much has changed in rural Alaska. Time has eroded the past ways of living; leaving in its place, a complicated straddling of the old and new.

The author takes us through the life and hard times of Kim-boy. From family loss to memories gained, Kim-boy struggles to find his way and make sense of both time and place. This is a story that could be told in many parts of Rural Alaska.

Kim-boy’s life is a story of changes and, perhaps, tragedy. His life was a sand bar as the tide rises. Smooth at first, seemingly endless, only to narrow and disappear with the incoming tide of an everchanging world.

—Samuel Crow, born and raised in Bethel, Alaska, retired educator, currently with AVCP (Assoc. of Village Council Presidents)

This is a story of cultural change through the character of Kim-boy who lives along the Kuskokwim River in Alaska. He experiences the advent of outsiders who come from the Lower 48 and disrupt his hunter-gatherer life of living off the land. Kim-boy’s world changes as his culture transitions from a barter to a cash economy. But Kim-boy is resilient. He overcomes the challenges as he is forced to adapt to an academic classroom, deal with the negative effects of alcohol abuse, experience the harsh reality of death and disease and the tearing down of his supportive, extended family.

Each chapter begins with an epigraph to remind the reader that the land of the Yup’ik on the Kuskokwim Delta is part of a larger world. And, prior to each chapter, a short poem by the author challenges the readers’ thinking. It is a gentle nudge to ponder the events happening on the Kuskokwim and what’s to come in the next part of the narrative.

I could very well have known Kim-boy. I grew up in a town on the Kuskokwim at about the same time period. I can attest that Sky Changes brings to the reader a sliver of the life among the Yup’ik during this time.

—John Weise, PhD, retired Alaskan educator

 

About Cirque Press

Cirque Press

Cirque Press was established in 2017, to publish the work of writers from Alaska and the Northwest.

It developed quite naturally from Cirque Journal, established in 2008.

Sandra Kleven and Michael Burwell are founders, editors and publishers.

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Cirque Press Author — Clifton Bates

Clifton Bates, Author

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Clifton Bates moved to Alaska in 1977. He was employed as a secondary school teacher, a school district administrator, and a full-time university professor. He lived and worked for over three decades in the Kuskokwim Region in Western Alaska. He is now retired living at his home in Chugiak, Alaska.

Literary achievements include writing and producing with Alaska Public Television Somebody’s Taking Pictures, an historical documentary film aired statewide and dedicated to the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. His play entitled Witnesses concerning Yup’ik characters in the Kuskokwim region was presented on stage at the Western Region Playwrights Showcase in Denver, Colorado. With the Very Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa, he co-authored a book on Alaska Native education: Conflicting Landscapes, American Schooling/Alaska Natives. This text remains the definitive resource for all educators working with Native students. Cirque Press also published his second book, Like Painted Kites & Collected Works. It contains essays, poetry, plays, and short stories about Asia, Alaska & Elsewhere; all of which had been previously published in various literary journals in Alaska/USA, Germany. France, England, and Malaysia.

On the Beach: Poems 2016-2021 by Alan Weltzien

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ISBN: 979-8887579009
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 208

A scholar, memoirist, and biographer, Alan Weltzien, as On the Beach amply demonstrates, is also a major Montana poet. Just as Norman Maclean knew rivers and family, Weltzien knows mountains and shorelines (and rivers, too), knows steep pitches and snow, knows what it means to grow up and grow older, what it means to be a son, a husband, and a father; these are poems of work and books, history, friendship, and returning home. Deeply moving, and deeply felt, On the Beach stands with the finest poetry and nature writing ever produced in the Treasure State.

—Brady Harrison, author of The Term Between: Stories

I wish this poet was sitting at my kitchen table, wise-cracking and spinning tales. His eyes and his heart are wide open. His intellect, both electric and electrifying, strikes lightning poem by poem. He's humorous, humble, humane. Alan Weltzien's On the Beach, threads "decades of geographies" into a heartfelt collection of memories and conjectures, all offered to us by the generous professor who laughs at himself when "shat" upon mid-lecture by a bird in an outdoor classroom. At the height of his artistry, this poet winks and claims he's "ever more certain of what I don't know."

—Lowell Jaeger, Montana Poet Laureate 2017-2019

About Cirque Press

Cirque Press

Cirque Press was established in 2017, to publish the work of writers from Alaska and the Northwest.

It developed quite naturally from Cirque Journal, established in 2008.

Sandra Kleven and Michael Burwell are founders, editors and publishers.

 

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Cirque Press Author — O. Alan Weltzien

Alan WeltzienO. Alan Weltzien, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Montana Western, retired in May 2020, closing out forty years of full-time teaching. Weltzien has published ten books and four chapbooks, including The Norman Maclean Reader (University of Chicago Press, 2008); Savage West: The Life and Fiction of Thomas Savage (University of Nevada Press, 2020); A Father and an Island (Lewis-Clark Press, 2008); and Exceptional Mountains: A Cultural History of the Pacific Northwest Volcanoes (University of Nebraska Press, 2016)

Nothing Got Broke by Larry F. Slonaker

Nothing Got Broke
Editions:Paperback: $ 18.00
ISBN: 979-8886274622
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 276

In Nothing Got Broke, Larry Slonaker does a remarkable thing: He puts you firmly on the Hi-Line of Montana, sends the ceaseless wind swirling around you, gives you a taste of the beer, and sets you up with a view down Main Street and into the hearts, hopes, and broken dreams of the people in that place. That he gets Montana comes shimmering off these pages.... Slonaker reveals it with appropriate measures of reverence and unflinching candor.

—Craig Lancaster, author of And It Will Be a Beautiful Life and 600 Hours of Edward

Doug Rossiter has a secret, and in the spirit of modern Western writers Kevin McCafferty and C. J. Box, Larry Slonaker roots us firmly in today’s Montana as that secret is slowly revealed. Along the way, Slonaker holds up a mirror for us, where we can ponder Rossiter’s ruminations on the truths of Manifest Destiny in the American West, and squirm because they cut so close to the bone.

—Doug Pope, author of The Way to Gaamaak Cove

Larry Slonaker knows the raw world he writes of, in this gritty narrative slashed with liberal dashes of noir. He demonstrates a sharp eye for details that count and a keen ear for dialogue inflected with regional accents.

—Ron McFarland, author of The Rockies in First Person and Appropriating Hemingway

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Cirque Press

Cirque Press was established in 2017, to publish the work of writers from Alaska and the Northwest.

It developed quite naturally from Cirque Journal, established in 2008.

Sandra Kleven and Michael Burwell are founders, editors and publishers.

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Cirque Press Author — Larry F. Slonaker

Larry F. Slonaker
Larry F. Slonaker

Larry F. Slonaker was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana, and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He worked as a reporter and columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. He and his wife now live in California’s Central Coast, on a place just large enough to accommodate a few horses, a few dogs and several (fixed) feral cats.

Kettle Dance: A Big Sky Murder by Kerry Dean Feldman

Kettle Dance by Kerry Dean Feldman
Editions:Paperback: $ 15.00
ISBN: 979-8886274653
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 145

“I felt like I was swept downstream in a fastmoving river, bounced off rocks, swirled into eddies, and spit out on the bank to dry. Feldman’s storytelling is expertly crafted, visceral and raw though he skillfully manages to squeeze in charm and tenderness to boot. In other words, this book has it all. A meaty, passionate, sexy mystery that will twist your gut. Take a big bite and chew a while on Feldman’s whodunit. It’s really, really good.”

—Monica Devine, author of Water Mask

“Crisp dialogue drives the action at high-speed in this short novel that takes place in a small town, where a local boy who left to become an LA detective returns from an Internal Affairs Group investigation as a suspect in a gruesome murder. Add romance and lust. What more could you want?”

—Ron McFarland, author of The Rockies in First Person, Subtle Thieves, and Stranger in Town

 

About Cirque Press

Cirque Press

Cirque Press was established in 2017, to publish the work of writers from Alaska and the Northwest.

It developed quite naturally from Cirque Journal, established in 2008.

Sandra Kleven and Michael Burwell are founders, editors and publishers.

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Cirque Press Author — Kerry Dean Feldman

Kerry Dean Feldman
Kerry Dean Feldman

Kerry Dean Feldman is a Montana-born writer-anthropologist, currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

He is co-founder of the Alaska Anthropological Association (1973 – 74). Kerry is the author of Drunk on Love: Twelve Stories to Savor Responsibly (Cirque Press, 2019), and Alice’s Trading Post: A Novel of the West (Five Star/Cengage, 2022). He won national competition awards for short stories during his Montana teens, but he put publishing fiction aside until he experienced and “knew enough” about life to offer stories in genres that helped him understand his own life better.

Kettle Dance is his homage to noir mystery novel writers and filmmakers. He lives in Anchorage with his artist-wife, Tami Phelps (Cirque Press Author of Miss Tami, Is Today Tomorrow? Kindergarten in Alaska — Stories for Grown-Ups)

Salt & Roses by Buffy McKay

Buffy McKay is a poet of power. In Salt & Roses, she looks hard at life across a range of free verse, villanelles, and haikus, and leaves us with poignant and glimmering lines that can stop you dead in your tracks. When she captures the ethereal essence of inner and outer landscapes, you can imagine her with the likes of Mary Oliver and Elizabeth Bishop, sipping tea and swapping lines about fish.

— Doug Pope, author of The Way to Gaamaak Cove

The gorgeous poems in Buffy McKay’s Salt & Roses traverse the wilds of Alaska and comb the watery landscapes of Rhode Island and Scotland. McKay’s connection to each place runs deep, and these roots she shares in a generous and loving way. In one poem, she illustrates how ancestry lives in a smoked fish and her mother’s word for it: dunghnak. This collection sensually explores the lands dear to McKay, family homelands which nourish her body as well as her soul. She captures life’s beauty with a wide-angle lens. Yes, there are salt and roses within these pages, but also cancer, death, loss, and regret. More than a book of poems, Salt & Roses is a book of prayers.

— Martha Amore, author of In the Quiet Season and Other Stories

Pomace stubbles the pint glass
Buffy in Scotland
One day of sun, three of rain
Buffy in a cabin in Skagway, Alaska
My hand, fingers spread
Holds my chest
The river is the voice of always
Adept as the moon of your fingernail
Describes the skin on my body
October
Buffy practicing her regret
To her indigenous mother
Her spine creaks
She fiddles with words
To make this beautiful book

— James P. Sweeney, author of A Thousand Prayers: Alaska Climbing Expedition: Marine Life Solidarity

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Cirque Press Author — Roberta "Buffy" McKay

Salt & Roses by Buffy McKay
Roberta "Buffy" McKay

Roberta “Buffy” McKay is of Scottish and Inupiat descent. She enjoys writing about memory, time and place, and has written poems since age 3. First published in the We Alaskans section of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anchorage Daily News in 1993, her work has appeared in various literary journals including Cirque. She has won scholarships to the Community of Writers, Olympic Valley, CA and Billy Collins’ master class at The Key West (FL) Literary Seminar and remains grateful for their value and life lessons.

“I’m inspired by my environment and geography and their effects on me. I’ve lived in some incredible places and had some amazing adventures so far in this life, and that seems to turn into poems.”

Currently, Buffy can be found beachcombing with a new dog, Benji, in New England and writing her autobiography, To Sir Sean Connery, With Love.

Growing Older: A Life in Alaska’s Rainforest by Margo Wasserman Waring

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ISBN: 979-8885897471
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 91

Margo Waring’s poetry is tuned to the pitch and roll of the seasons. Just as spring returns cyclically to Southeast Alaska’s beaches, forest paths, and mountain peaks, youth too ebbs and flows in the present tense, permeating old age. In this, these poems teach us to let memory carry us forward with the same agility that it carries us back. I will listen to my stream, writes Waring. Hear it dissolve in the sea.

— Corinna Cook, author of Leavetakings

Margo Waring writes beautifully of place, time, memory, and aging. Her years of attention to the changing seasons and climate of southeast Alaska uncover, like March’s melting snows, her awareness of life’s gifts and the losses that come to us all.

— Nancy Lord, former Alaska writer laureate and author of Fishcamp, Beluga Days, and pH: A Novel

Cirque Press Author — Margo Wasserman Waring

Margo Wasserman Waring
Margo Wasserman Waring

A decision to move to Alaska for a year or two changed the direction of Margo Wasserman Waring’s life from an academic career path to something richer and more varied. Margo grew up in working class Brooklyn with her parents and twin brother and began an academic life (New York University, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin) of study and teaching. Wanting to move to the West Coast, she and her then husband detoured to Alaska in 1969, anticipating an adventure for a year or so. She still lives in Juneau, Alaska where she worked as a legislative staffer, policy analyst and planner in state government in natural resources, environmental conservation and health services until her retirement. Post retirement gave her more time for public service and activism, serving on the local school board and focusing her activism on the League of Women Voters and climate emergency. She shares her life with her husband, Douglas Kemp Mertz, son, Edward Mertz, and several beloved dogs. Inspiration to write poetry came later in her life. Margo is forever grateful for the encouragement and support of her writers’ group. Margo’s poetry has been published in Cirque, Tidal Echoes, Alaska Women Speak, electronic venues, and locally at Bus Omnibus and Writers Weir.

Miss Tami, Is Today Tomorrow? Kindergarten in Alaska — Stories for Grown-Ups by Tami Phelps

Miss Tami, Is Today Tomorrow?
Editions:Paperback: $ 20.00
ISBN: 978-1639448517
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 93

This heartwarming book maps the humor and curiosity of kids as they learn the meaning of words and the logic that underpins their experiences. In these vignettes for grown-ups, Tami Phelps, a Montessori teacher for 20 years, describes encounters with her students as they process the world around them. In their innocence, young children are at once naïve and brilliantly perceptive. They often miss the mark, which is precisely what makes these stories so hilarious. And it’s not often students stay in touch with their kindergarten teachers, but the author’s former student illustrated the book to boot! These stories will make you smile, and remember how the best teachers can make a lasting mark on the rest of your life.

—Monica Devine, author of Water Mask

Our daughter was a Montessori kid through and through. Her journey began with Miss Tami and she loved it. When asked on the last day of her kindergarten year what she wished for, her answer: “another 100 days of school.” Montessori teachers are different and Ms. Tami is one of the best.

—Peter and Cindy Ljubicich, colleague and parents

"Dear Miss Tami,
Thank you for teaching me to think and read. I hope you never die.
Love, Alexander"

(4th grade writing assignment to a former teacher)

 

Circles by Cirque Press

Circles by Cirque PressAnnouncing Circles, a new imprint of Cirque Press designed for illustrated books. Look to these engaging books for image and light, fun and fantasy, mystery and music. Circles focuses on the singing of the spheres, the clock of the seasons, the mirth of the hyena, and the renewal of legend and myth.

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Cirque Press Author — Tami Phelps

Tami PhelpsTami Phelps has lived in Alaska fifty years, teaching public Montessori education to children for twenty of those years. She is a graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage (B.Ed.), previously attending Arizona State University, and University of Hawaii Hilo (where she learned a lot and went to class on occasion).  Her Montessori Teaching Certificates are from Montessori Education Center of the Rockies (Boulder, CO; 3-6 year olds), and Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, WA; 6-9 year olds). She now creatively pursues her second career as a visual artist with a primary focus on cold wax and oil painting. Tami is invited regularly as Artist-In-Residence at the McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali National Park, Alaska, where her demonstrations are inspired by her Montessori teaching background. Her art is included in international juried exhibitions and is included in permanent collections of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Alaska, and the Santa Fe Museum of Encaustic Art, NM

Visit her website at this link.

 

About the Illustrator — Tammy Murray

Tammy Murray Tammy became interested in art at a young age, drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon. At age ten, Tammy sold her first piece, an oil pastel portrait inspired by the abstract style of Pablo Picasso. This achievement received an article in the Alaska Star, the Chugiak-Eagle River community newspaper. From Elementary School through Middle School, she would have work on display at the Anchorage Museum. During this time, she began to struggle with anxiety and depression. Unable to express herself verbally, Tammy discovered her love for illustration and story-telling; finding it easier to speak through art. Tammy manages her own business as an illustrator and art consignor while working on her ultimate goal of graphic novelist. Tammy hopes to create her own world within her art and writing in which others who are struggling with mental health issues can discover not just their voice, but their self.

 

About Kerry Dean Feldman

Kerry Dean FeldmanA writer and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Cirque Press published his collection of short stories, Drunk on Love: Twelve Stories to Savor Responsibly, (2019, cover art by Tami Phelps). Five Star/Gale-Cengage Press will publish his novel Alice’s Trading Post: A Novel of the West in January 2022. He is co-originator of the Alaska Anthropological Association (1974). His anthropological writings are published in US, Canadian, and U. K. books and journals.

Someday I'll Miss This Place Too by Dan Branch

Someday I'll Miss This Place Too
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ISBN: 978-1737510451
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 207

In the tradition of Heather Lende and Seth Kantner, these dispatches from the Kuskokwin are insightful and funny and fully human. Dan Branch has written a heart-breaking book that is also filled with wit and wonder. A true joy to read.

—Brian Castner, author of Stampede

Dan Branch, “ignorant but lucky,” turned what began as a one-year lawyering commitment in Bethel, Alaska into a lifetime of learning, adventure, compassion, and reflection upon what makes a “good” life. His memoir in essays provides a fascinating personal and historical record of western Alaska in the 1970s and ‘80s. While much of what he experienced as lawyer and magistrate is heart-breaking, Branch balances his account with admiration for those he learned from, humility for his own missteps, and a big-hearted sense of humor.

—Nancy Lord, former Alaska writer laureate and author of Fishcamp, Beluga Days, and pH: A Novel

From the frozen sloughs and tundra of the Kuskokwim River country to the deep forests of Ketchikan, Branch takes us on a “stranger in a strange land” journey with the boundless empathy of a perpetual outsider wanting only to understand what it means to be an Alaskan.

—Richard Chiappone, author of The Hunger of Crows, Water of an Undetermined Depth, and Liar’s Code

The first time I met Dan Branch he wowed me with his storytelling over more beers than I could count. I literally couldn't get enough of his tales of rural Alaska. The last time I saw him, I spent eight hours on an Alaskan ferry begging for more, and Dan delivered every minute of the way. And such is the case with Someday I'll Miss this Place Too. The depth and breadth of Branch's experience, along with his masterful storytelling makes for a great ride, whether on a ferry, or on the page.

—Jonathan Evison, author of Small World, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, and All About Lulu

Someday I’ll Miss This Place Too is a stranger-in-a-strange-land memoir, the story of a newly minted California-educated lawyer who finds himself doing legal aid work in the remote Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The year commitment stretches to twelve. To say the author comes of age there is both a given and an understatement. His profound respect and compassion for the people he serves, mostly troubled Yup’ik Alaskans, haunts both him and the reader. Branch invokes in me a curious sense of fernweh, a feeling of longing for a place I have never been. This is as Alaskan as any book we have, both culturally significant and deeply moving.

—David Stevenson, author High Places, Sacrifices, Mysteries, and Forty Crows

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Cirque Press Author — Dan Branch

Dan BranchDan Branch lives in Juneau, Alaska. His essays and poems have been published in Kestrel, Cardiff Review,Gravel, Metonym, Tahoma Literary Review, Punctuate, Stoneboat, Swamp Ape, Windmill, andPortland Magazine. He received an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage.