Date of Press Release: Nov. 6, 2010
Alaskan writers Seth Kantner and Nick Jans will show images, tell stories, and trade banter from their years living in Northwest Alaska, traveling on the land and in the communities of the region. They will talk of love and fear for this corner of Alaska, and will delve into the stunning changes that have already taken place and changes on the horizon. This is the last Evening at Egan for the 2010 season.
Seth Kantner is a commercial fisherman, writer, and wildlife photographer. He was born and raised in northern Alaska and his art reflects his love for this land and the animals who live on it, and his belief in the importance of wildness left wild. His writings and photographs have appeared in Outside, Alaska Geographic, The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, and other publications and presently writes a bi-monthly dispatch on climate change in the Arctic for Orion magazine. In 2004 his debut novel, Ordinary Wolves, was released to literary acclaim. Kantner was nominated in 2006 for the position of Alaska State Writer Laureate, which he turned down to pursue work on his newly released book, Shopping for Porcupine.
Nick Jans is one of Alaska’s most recognized and prolific writers. A contributing editor to Alaska Magazine, he’s written nine books and hundreds of magazine articles, and contributed to many anthologies. In addition, Jans is a professional nature photographer, specializing in wildlife and landscapes in remote locations. He is the recipient of numerous writing awards, most recently the co-winner of two Ben Franklin Medals (2007 and 2008) and a Rasmuson Foundation artist grant (2009). His is working on his next book, Nakolik (A literary novel set in contemporary Native bush Alaska).