Bio

WRITER:

  • Author of Across the Shaman's River: John Muir, the Tlingit Stronghold, and the Opening of the North (University of Alaska Press, 2017)
  • Winner of 2000 Pushcart Prize
  • Included in 2003 Pushcart Book of Essays: The Best Essays from a Quarter Century of the Pushcart Prize
  • Pushcart Prize Special Mention 2004
  • Writing appears in periodicals and anthologies including:
    • Alaska Magazine
    • Earth Island Journal
    • Bloomsbury Review
    • Northern Lights
    • Traveler's Tales Alaska
    • Book of the Tongass
    • Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals of the North
    • Cross-Currents North: Alaskans on the Environment
    • Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska

EDUCATOR:

  • Currently fulltime communications instructor at Lane Community College (Eugene, Oregon) and adjunct professor at University of Alaska Southeast.
  • 30 years teaching speech, English, theatre, history to college and high school students
  • Recipient of the Governor's Award for Civic Advocacy, 2004
  • Founder of the Alaska Native Oratory Society
  • Coach of the 2002 National Intercollegiate Parliamentary Debate Champions
  • National Federation of Speech and Debate Educators 1996 Outstanding Teacher
  • Chair of Alaska Speech and Drama Association 1990-2002
  • National Endowment for the Humanities 1991 Teacher-Scholar

SPEAKER:

  • Statewide teacher inservice presenter 1985-2004
  • Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center lecturer 2000-2010
  • Master of Ceremonies for state fairs, conventions, competitions, and other events 1985-2010
  • Facilitator for the Island Institute's Summer Symposia 1996-2009 
  • Guest lecturer/workshop presenter for Sealaska Heritage Foundation, Alaska Native Heritage Center, AlaskaNet, Alaska School Activities Association, Alaska Federation of Natives, University of Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park, Gold Rush National Historical Park, Inian Island Institute, Alaska Arts Confluence, Tlingit Clan Conference  2001-2016

BROADCASTER:

  • 25 years as a paid and volunteer radio producer, host, and news reporter for KHNS in Haines, Alaska
  • Producer of several long-running public radio programs including Tlingit Words and Songs, Gold Fever, Tlingit Time, Sheldon Museum History Talk, Safety Talk

DRAMATURGE:

  • 25 years of participating in Lynn Canal Community Players as an actor and director
  • Alaska village outreach theatre educator for Western Councils of Arts "Tumblewords" program
  • Winner of Alaska Community Theatre Festival's Best Original Play 1987, Best Actor 1995, Best Supporting Actor 1999
  • Toured Alaska-wide with two original plays