Our Instructors

Andromeda Romano-Lax

ANDROMEDA ROMANO-LAX is the author of The Spanish Bow and The Detour. In the last year she has divided her time between Asia and Anchorage, Alaska, where she co-founded and continues to teach for 49 Writers as well as in the UAA low-residency MFA program. Andromeda is the recipient of grants from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, which named her a 2009 Artist Fellow. She received her MFA and post-MFA in creative writing pedagogy from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Kathleen Tarr

KATHLEEN WITKOWSKA TARR is an established nonfiction writer, and the former Program Coordinator of UAA’s low-residency MFA Program in creative writing. She has been an adjunct creative writing instructor at UAA and for the Alaska Writing Center (49Writers). Her work has appeared in a wide variety of journals, newspapers, and anthologies, including the Sewanee Review, Creative Nonfiction, Alaska Airlines Magazine, TriQuarterly, Cirque, and in 49 Writers blog, and the Sewanee Review’s blog called Spilt Ink. She is a contributor to a new volume of essays commemorating the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth: We Are Already One: Merton’s Message of Hope (Fons Vitae Press, 2015). Kathleen earned her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2013, she was appointed to two-year fellowship as a “Mullin Scholar” in the Generations in Dialogue project at USC’s Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies in Los Angeles. She lives and writes in Anchorage.

Susanna Mishler

SUSANNA J. MISHLER’s collection of poems, Termination Dust (Boreal Books/Red Hen Press), was a finalist for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She’s the recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship from the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop and an Alaska Literary Award from The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. She lives in Anchorage and earns her living as an electrician. You can find her online at susannajmishler.com.

Alyse Knorr

ALYSE KNORR is the author of Copper Mother(Switchback Books, forthcoming 2015), Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books, 2013) and the chapbooksEpithalamia (Horse Less Press, forthcoming 2015) and Alternates (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, storySouth, ZYZZYVA, Caketrain, and The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press, 2012), among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University. She is a co-founding editor of Gazing Grain Press and teaches English at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Deb Vanasse

DEB VANASSE began her writing career with the Junior Literary Guild selection A Distant Enemy. She has gone on to publish twelve titles and has recently launched a publishing venture and authors’ cooperative, Running Fox Books. Her most recent titles are Black Wolf of the Glacier, published by the University of Alaska Press; No Returns, the first in the Battleband series featuring three friends who take on the devil; and Cold Spell, about a woman obsessed with a glacier.

Katey Schultz

KATEY SCHULTZ grew up in Portland, Oregon and is most recently from Celo, North Carolina. Her debut collection of stories, Flashes of War, won IndieFab book of the year from Foreword Reviews and a Gold Medal in Literary Fiction from the Military Writers Society of America. Her flash fiction has won more than half a dozen contests, several prizes, and received two nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Katey has edited 3 fiction anthologies and has 10 years experience serving on various editorial staffs. She blogs about the realities of the writing life at www.kateyschultz.com. Katey is a return instructor for 49 Writers and has maintained strong ties with the state ever since her first visit to McCarthy in 2009. She lives in a 1970 Airstream trailer bordering the Pisgah National Forest.

Martha Amore

MARTHA AMORE is a fiction writer and also teaches writing at Alaska Pacific University and the University of Alaska Anchorage. She achieved her Masters of Fine Arts in fiction from UAA, and currently resides in Anchorage with her husband and three daughters. Her first novella recently came out in the anthology Weathered Edge: Three Alaskan Novellas, and she is a 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award winner. Currently, she is working on an anthology of Alaskan LGBTQ short fiction and poetry, as well as a book of her own short stories. She is also a student of psychology, angling for an Interdisciplinary PhD.

Kate Partridge

KATE PARTRIDGE received her MFA in poetry from George Mason University and teaches in the English Dept. at UAA. Her chapbook Intended American Dictionary is forthcoming from MIEL Books, and her poems and lyric essays have been published in Pleiades, Blackbird, Colorado Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, among others.

Lara Madden

LARA MADDEN is a technology trainer at University of Alaska Anchorage. As the Professional Development Coordinator at Academic Innovations & eLearning her position is to create, organize and deliver the type of high quality professional development training for faculty using academic technologies in their university courses. She also teaches 3 credits of Introduction to Computers for College of Business & Public Policy each semester.

Kim Heacox

KIM HEACOX is the author of a dozen books, fiction and non-fiction. His most recent novel, Jimmy Bluefeather, received starred reviews from Kirkus and Library Journal, and won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award. “Jimmy Bluefeather is a superb addition to Alaska — indeed, American – literature,” observed Nancy Lord in the Alaska Dispatch News. “With enough readership, Old Keb Wisting could become as beloved a character as To Kill a Mockingbird’s Atticus Finch. Not heroic but human, with qualities of toughness, resilience, acceptance and humor, learned as an Alaskan from a life of living close to the Earth and its waters, in a place of stories.

Geoff Kirsch

GEOFF KIRSCH is a Juneau-based writer and humorist. His work has appeared in/on Comedy Central, Huffington Post, the WGN America cable TV network and the Alaska Dispatch, among others. He is also the author of “Run For Your Life! Doomsday 2012!” published by Workman. “Slack Tide,” his long-running regular column in the Juneau Empire won a 2015 Alaska Press Club award for humor. But enough about him — let’s talk about you…

MORE FACULTY FROM PREVIOUS TERMS: Steve Almond, Martha Amore, Jonathan Bower, Christine Byl, Rich Chiappone, Brett Dillingham, Kirsten Dixon, Camille Dungy, Cindy Dyson, Carolyn Forche, Debra Gwartney, Kelsea Habecker, Bruce Hale, Marybeth Holleman, Amy O’Neill Houck, Sandra Kleven, Julie LeMay, David Marusek, John McKay, John Morgan, Melinda Moustakis, Claire Rudolf Murphy, Leslie Hsu Oh, Jeremy Pataky, Don Rearden, Kim Rich, Mattox Roesch, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Eva Saulitis, Jenna Schnuer, Bill Sherwonit, Frank Soos, Dana Stabenow, Cherilynn Stone, Kathleen Tarr, David Vann, Nancy Zafris.