"Building Fires in the Snow" released!

This pathbreaking anthology opens a window onto the diverse lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Alaskans. From quotidian urban outings to intimate encounters with breathtaking natural beauty, the collection shatters stereotypes to reveal a little seen side of the state. 

This pathbreaking anthology opens a window onto the diverse lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Alaskans. From quotidian urban outings to intimate encounters with breathtaking natural beauty, the collection shatters stereotypes to reveal a little seen side of the state. 

by Lucian Childs

Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, editors of Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaskan LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry, are happy to announce that the anthology has officially been released!!!

You may now buy the book on the University of Alaska Press and University of Chicago Press web sites. Online sales at Amazon and Barnes & Noble should follow in the next couple of days. You'll find links to these sites below. Physical books in Alaska bookstores are still probably several weeks away, but pre-orders will be shipped shortly.

We've worked a long time toward this day, so I'm going to run around the house yelling "Hooray!!!!" First though, let me take a minute to thank some wonderful people.

We'd like to thank all the folks we worked with at the University of Alaska Press. Former Acquisitions Editor, James Engelhard, was a big proponent of the project from the start. He helped us shape our manuscript, weighed in on multiple revisions of the introduction, and guided the process of selecting cover art.

Krista West, Production Editor, did an amazing job of putting the book together. We especially appreciate her allowing us to be partners in that process.

Amy Simpson, Manager, and Laura Walker, Sales and Marketing Coordinator, get extra points for patiently answering the hundreds of questions we first-time anthology editors asked them.

We also are extremely grateful to the support the literary community has given us, both in Alaska and Outside. From helping us identify possible submitters to providing us with blurbs, their help has been invaluable. Our deepest gratitude goes to Eowyn Ivey, Peggy Shumaker, David Vann, Don Rearden, Frank Soos, Jericho Brown, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Ronald Spatz, David Gessner, Deb Vanasse, and Bryan Borland.

Special thanks goes to Jessie Lendennie of Salmon Publishing for allowing us to include Jerah Chadwick's beautiful poems in the collection.

Lastly, without our happy band of contributors there would be no anthology. You can find them listed here. Thank you for your stories and poems. It as been a profound pleasure to read them and to work with you over the last two years. 

Now the book belongs to you, Dear Reader. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as Martha and I have putting it together.