Planet Alaska: Sharing Our Stories
Planet Alaska began as a desire to share and celebrate the diversity of Alaska from Ketchikan to Utqiagvik. Planet Alaska is two writers/artists, a mother/daughter team, who’ve been co-hosting Planet Alaska on Facebook, Instagram, Blogger, and Twitter for five plus years. We have more than 14,000 followers from around the world now, but it began like many Facebook pages do, with our friends and family. Planet Alaska is dedicated to our mentor and teacher Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley. After Dr. Kawagley died (in 2011), and the opportunity arose to host a Facebook page, we wanted to continue his legacy of storytelling, scholarly work, and encouraging others.
I’m a fifth generation Alaskan of Sámi, Irish, and Norwegian heritage, among others. I’m adopted T’akdeintaan, given the name Yéilk’ Tláa (Mother-of-Cute-Little-Raven). I was born and raised in Wrangell and I live at my fishcamp where I spend my time learning about subsistence and teaching that lifestyle to the next generation. I hold an MFA from the University of Alaska and a Ph.D. in Cross Cultural Studies. I currently facilitate community writing workshops and writers groups in both Sitka and Wrangell. I’m the author of a full-length poetry collection, The Hide of My Tongue (Plain View Press), and three poetry chapbooks, Slick (White Knuckle Press), Sludge (Flutter Press), and Traveling with the Underground People (Finishing Line Press). Another chapbook, Our Tents Are Small Volcanoes, is forthcoming. I also recently published a short story collection, The Dead Go to Seattle (Boreal Books). I’m also a mixed-media artist, sculpting with items found on Alaska’s old garbage dump beaches.