Over the course of the three-year project to create Building Fires in the Snow, we sustained our faith in the uniqueness of Alaska and the importance of telling its story through the LGBTQ experience. After sifting and editing the work, we can now see both a little more clearly.
When people Outside think of Alaska, they imagine snow, rugged mountains, sled dog races, grizzlies, homestead cabins and “The Deadliest Catch.” That people would be living up here in an urban context would probably not occur to them.
Martha Amore and I have worked a long time toward this day, so I'm going to run around the house yelling "Hooray!!!!" But first, let me take a moment to thank a bunch of wonderful people.
Jerah was a poet of astonishing depth and sensitivity. He authored three chapbooks as well as a book of poetry, “Story Hunger.” Today, Alaska mourns his passing.
Editors Martha Amore and Lucian Childs are pleased to announce the publication of the anthology "Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry."