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Building Fires in the Snow

A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

Building Fires in the Snow

A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry

Diversity has always been central to Alaska identity, as the state’s population consists of people with many different backgrounds, viewpoints, and life experiences. This book opens a window into these diverse lives, gathering stories and poems about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer life into a brilliant, path-breaking anthology.
            In these pages we see the panoply of LGBTQ life in Alaska today, from the quotidian urban adventures of a family—shopping, going out, working—to intimate encounters with Alaska’s breathtaking natural beauty. At a time of great change and major strides in LGBTQ civil rights, Building Fires in the Snow shows us an Alaska that shatters stereotypes and reveals a side of Alaska that’s been little seen until now.

368 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016

Gay and Lesbian Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

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“Fits perfectly in alongside nature-exploration memoirs and gold rush histories. . . . Yet, Building Fires is also designed to critique and challenge some of the sub-market’s worst clichés, from its obsession with the (straight) man versus wild conflict to the artificial rural vs. urban dichotomy to the sheer existence of LGBTQ individuals that is so often ignored or outright denied. That it does all this in a collection of fiction is likewise a breath of fresh air in a non-fiction dominated market.”

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"Memorable and affecting."

Western Literature Association

Table of Contents

Jerah Chadwick
Winter Country
Rosemary McGuire
Elizabeth Bradfield
Eight Years
Roughnecks and Rakes One and All, the Poet Speaks to Her Subjects, Polar Explorers
Correcting the Landscape
Creation Myth: Periosteum and Self
Concerning the Proper Term for a Whale Exhaling
We All Want to See a Mammal
August, McCarthy, Alaska
Martha Amore
Susanna J. Mishler
Anniversary at the Evening Cafe
Poem That Begins in Address to Nikola Tesla and Ends Up Offshore
Tired, I Lie Down in the Parking Garage
Eve of the Apocalypse
Lucian Childs
The Go-Between
Black Spruce
Amber Flora Thomas
Marlboros at Dusk
A Woman’s Jewelry
Hotel Reverie
Lake Shore Deer
Come in from the Sky
In the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Era of a Happy Heart
Alyse Knorr
Anchorage Epithalamium
Moose are over-running the park and this makes me think of love
The Object Towards Which the Action of the Sea Is Directed
The Sleeping Lady
Conservation & Rehabilitation
Teresa Sundmark
Worse Disasters
Indra Arriaga
In the Bay
En la Bahía
There was a time, she said
Hubo un tiempo, ella dijo
19 Crescent
19 Crescent
Egan Millard
Zack Rogow
The Voice of Art Nouveau
M. C. Mohagani Magnetek
Shelby Wilson
Misread Signs
Leslie Kimiko Ward
Amy Groshek
What Goes Around Comes Over
The capacity for true love expires at age 25
Rubia Writes a Poem About Light for a Contest
Dinner at Her Place
Pearly Everlasting
Gabrielle Barnett
Mountain Man
Teeka A. Ballas
Carrots, Peas: in D minor
Cupid’s Arrow
Sandy Gillespie
The Trees Tell the Story
Morgan Grey
Laura Carpenter
Mirror, Mirror
Kate Partridge
Earthquake Park
M 4.0, 21 km S of Knik-Fairview
Dawnell Smith
What Would Derby Do?
Vivian Faith Prescott
The Minister’s Wife
Tales in Fairyland
Can I touch your Chinese Hair?
Before the World of Men and Boys, There Was the Land of Girls
Jerah Chadwick
Cold Comforts
Lesson of Bread
A Sense of Direction
The Life to come
Mei Mei Evans
Going Too Far
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