University of Alaska PRESS

About the Press

Launched in 1967, the University of Alaska Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher and distributor of books about Alaska and the circumpolar regions. Although physically located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, the Press represents the entire University of Alaska– its three main universities (UAA, UAF, and UAS) as well as their satellite campuses– and by extension the entire state of Alaska.

UA Press publications cover an expanding range of subject areas, including politics and history, Native languages and cultures, science and natural history, biography and memoir, poetry, fiction and anthologies, and original translations. The Press publishes books in print and electronically for both the scholarly community and the general public. UA Press also serves as a distributor for many entities within the University of Alaska System and various independent publishers. UA Press books reach a global audience through sales and distribution provided by the University of Chicago Press.

The Press has an independent advisory board of scholars and writers with a diverse range of expertise. The board is responsible for final review and selection of titles published by the Press. UA Press is a member of the American Association of University Presses.

UA Press Series Editors

Alaska Literary Series edited by Peggy Shumaker

Classic Reprint Series edited by Terrence Cole

Oral Biography Series edited by William Schneider

Rasmuson Library Historical Translation Series edited by Marvin Falk

Advisory Board

Jessica Cherry, Ph.D., is a geoscientist, commercial airplane pilot, photographer, film-maker, and writer. She served as a Research Faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 2006-2017. There she ran a research group focused on hydrology and climatology, authoring more than 35 scientific papers and mentoring eight graduate students. She was a finalist for the NASA astronaut selection in 2012 and 2016 before moving to Anchorage to work as a flood forecaster for the National Weather Service. 

Eric Heyne, Ph.D.,  has been teaching at UAF since 1986 and has served as Chair of the English Department, President of the Faculty Senate, and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. His fields of interest and publication include American literature, northern and Alaskan literature, and the theory of the fiction/nonfiction distinction.

Nancy Lord,  is the author of three short fiction collections and five books of literary nonfiction. She has also worked in and published additional genres including poetry, plays, book reviews, op-eds, and radio commentaries. She teaches part-time at the Kachemak Bay Branch of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage. She has won fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and numerous artist residencies. She served from 2008-10 as the Alaska Writer Laureate.

Frank Soos, M.F.A., is the author of books of essays and short stories, including Unified Field Theory. He was the winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction in 1997. He has over twenty-five years of teaching experience, including eighteen years of teaching in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

John Straley is a writer, teacher, and criminal defense investigator. He has published seven novels including The Woman Who Married a Bear that received the 1993 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel, and Cold Water Burning that was nominated for the best novel of the year in 2001 by the Private Eye Writers of America. He has also published poetry, including a recent collection entitled The Rising and the Rain.

Emily Wall, M.F.A., chair of the board, is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast.  She has been teaching literature and creative writing for eighteen years and is the co-director of writing.   She is the faculty advisor for the literary journal Tidal Echoes and is a board member for several literary projects around the state including the NEA Poetry Out Loud contest.   She has been published in a variety of literary journals in the U.S. and Canada, and in three anthologies.  Her first book, Freshly Rooted, came out in 2007, and her second book, Liveaboard, came out in 2012.

Maria Williams, Ph.D., is the director of Alaska Native Studies and an associate professor of Music at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Kevin Winker, Ph.D., is a professor and Curator of Birds at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. He has published numerous books and articles including Walking Wild Shores: Portraits of the Natural World by Two Harbors Press.  




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