Yukon and Alaska Writers in Northern Review
December 02, 2009
A special fall literary issue of the Northern Review, Yukon College’s multidisciplinary journal of the arts and social sciences of the North, features a collection of northern poetry, fiction and essays by more than 40 writers from northern Canada and Alaska.
The Northern Review in the only peer-reviewed journal in Canada devoted exclusively to northern issues and published North of 60 - at Yukon College. The special edition will be released this month and will include both up-and-coming and well-known Yukon writers such as, Patricia Robertson, Erling Friis-Basstad, Lily Gontard and Clea Roberts.
Eric Heyne is the Interim Dean of Arts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was guest editor on the special edition. "This is the second special literary issue; the first was published in 1993," he says. "The poems, stories, and essays take place across Alaska and northern Canada and reveal some of the varied ways in which people are shaping their lives in the North in the twenty-first century."
Yukon College English instructor and assistant guest editor, Andrew Richardson, says several pieces in the publication touch on themes that are typically northern, such as coping with geographical isolation and coming to terms with our complex relationship with the land.
The Northern review is mailed all over North America and Europe. It’s available in most of Canada’s major university and public libraries. "This special issue is important because it shows that the College values northern art and literature," says Deanna McLeod, Managing Editor of the Northern Review.