Building Fires in the Snow -   an Alaskan LGBTQ anthology of short stories and poems that shatters stereotypes.   Although there have been other regional collections of LGBTQ literature,  Building Fires in the Snow  is the first from the unique perspective of Alaskan LGBTQ voices. These stories and poems capture what it is to live through times  of great change —from the heyday boom of the 1970s oil pipeline to the more recent decisions granting marriage equality and equal rights protections.


‘Building Fires in the Snow’ an inspiration to authors of LGBTQ persuasion
by Addley Fannin
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner weighs in with a nice review.

Book Review
by Erica Watson
A terrific and thoughtful review in Terrain, focusing on the theme of the urban/wild intersection and queer communities in rural settings.

Book Review
by Nicholas Alexander Hayes
Excellent review in the lit site Impossible Voices. Leslie Kimiko Ward, Kate Partridge, Vivian Faith Prescott and MoHagani Magnetek get special mentions.

Collection of LGBT fiction, poetry breaks ground but lacks diversity
by Cinthia Ritchie
C.S. Lewis supposedly said, "We read to know we are not alone." This quote beautifully captures the mood of the LGBT fiction and poetry collection "Building Fires in the Snow."

A brief note on the collection and diversity: Building Fires in the Snow editors respond

Come Together
LGBTQ anthology Building Fires in the Snow
by Lee Harrington
Working on the Proposition 5 campaign fighting for basic civil rights for LGBTQ people in Anchorage, Martha Amore came face-to-face with the prejudice in our city. Her role involved cold-calling residents...

Building Fires in the Snow: Edited by Martha Amore and Lucian Childs
There is more to the LGBTQ world than can ever be dreamed of in white New York alone.
by Mike McClelland
Though it may seem that there is an anthology for everything these days, Building Fires in the Snow is truly unique: a collection of short fiction and poetry by LGBTQ Alaskans. However, to recognize this book for its novelty alone would be to sell it short.

Petersburg bookseller reviews Alaska LGBTQ fiction, poetry anthology
'A Landmark Addition' to Alaskan Writing

By Chelsea Tremblay
For the Capital City Weekly
I was sitting on a mossy overlook watching Shakes Glacier up the Stikine River.
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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
By Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media
Stories and poetry that celebrate the urban wilderness interface in Alaska through the lens of LGBTQ writers is brought together in a new anthology called Building Fires in The Snow. Authors and editors Lucian Childs and Martha Amore helped bring it all together. The interview begins in the audio feed at 22:03.

Authors Excited, Hopeful as Alaska’s First Anthology of Queer Lit Hits Shelves
By Julien Jolivette
Alaska Commons
It was a book signing and dinner with the authors that Fireside Books in Palmer prepared for as they would any literary event.
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Author of Pulitzer finalist The Snow Child and To the Bright Edge of the World 

A complex and moving portrait of Alaskans. In these short stories and poems, we find joy and love, loneliness, fear, transgression and forgiveness, and we are poignantly reminded that labels can never encompass all the beautiful variations of humanity. What does it mean to be Alaskan? Begin with Jerah Chadwick’s stunning poem "Winter Country." From there on, page by page, this collection shows the depth and talent of Alaska’s literary community.

Former Alaska State Writer Laureate and author of Gnawed Bones and Just Breathe Normally

Alaska LGBTQ lives in all their complexity, richness, anguish, and curiosity—that’s what these poems and stories give us. This book widens our awareness of human struggles, adventures, and astonishing daily living. Fire in snow—yes!—thanks to these radiant Alaska writers.

Winner of 2010 Prix Medicis Etranger and author of Legend of a SuicideGoat Mountain, and Caribou Island

The first story of this fine anthology, Luke, is as local and Alaskan as a story can be. Here's what it feels like to be a fisherman, and what it feels like to miss another man. Geology, another story, is a beautiful meditation on a woman's desire and obligation, remorse and momentum and long love, against a backdrop of longer time. These are subtle, artful reflections that will place you, for a moment, in Alaska and deeper wildernesses as well. Essential reading if you want to know Alaska.

Author of The Raven’s Gift

"Building Fires in the Snow" burns away any preconceptions we might have about the modern Alaskan LGBTQ world with the fury of a forest fire. Quite simply, it is a book about life, living, and love. This book is a force of strength and resilience of inspired and powerful writing from the gifted voices of our Alaskan friends, our family, our neighbors.

Winner of the 2009 Whiting Award and author of Please and The New Testament

"Building Fires in the Snow" is a large book of larger empathies, each and every character finding themselves made more whole in one another or in the natural world around them. This volume proves Alaska is not just the land of snow; like all other landscapes, it is rife with the possibility of romantic desire, of unbearable grief, of “breath fasted on dream.” Let us see the state of literature made new by this state’s brilliant writers. 

Professor Emeritus of English at University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Not so long ago an anthology of LGBTQ writing by Alaskans and speaking to the Alaskan experience might have seemed beyond imagining. But in "Building Fires in the Snow," Lucian Childs and Martha Amore have built a collection both extraordinary and ordinary. Extraordinary for its breadth and quality of the poetry and prose. Ordinary in the aesthetic that pervades the collection, people living their lives in emotionally honest and complex ways. There’s something for every reader in Building Fires in the Snow, a book to keep near at hand and to digest slowly and enjoy.

Winner of the 2009 Whiting Award, the 2014 American Book Award and author of Hyperboreal and Cormorant Hunter’s Wife

A compelling anthology dwells in possibility. And this first effort to yoke together voices—of those that may or may not be Alaskan, LGBTQ, or even writers—offer solidarity of a kind. A possibility for this book may be that the voices that are not included in this collection—the voices, for instance, of Alaska's many indigenous LGBTQ poets, storytellers, and thinkers raised in the context of our identities as Native people marginalized and made invisible in our homelands—may find the courage in times to come to have their word similarly collected and championed.

Editor, Alaska Quarterly Review

Richly diverse and honest, there’s much to like in this rewarding collection of poems and stories of lived experience.

Author of All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West

The Alaskan writing cliché of the rugged white hetero male battling the wilderness is dead, and as it turns out its corpse makes a fine hummus, and good fertilizer, for what comes next. What comes next, I think, is "Building Fires in the Snow," a book that, like nature itself, prizes diversity, and is full of stories of the urban and the rural, the domestic and the wild, the human—in its many flavors—and the animal, and all of it told on the vast, varied and glorious stage that is Alaska. This is just the kind of vision we need to start a new conversation about wilderness, what it means to be human and how we can lead authentic lives in an increasingly inauthentic world.

Author of Cold Spell and Wealth Woman

Like Alaska itself, "Building Fires in the Snow" defies easy pigeonholing. Whatever you might expect, this collection of LGBTQ short fiction and poetry will surprise, which is reason enough to add it to your library. Eclectic, original, and thought-provoking, it makes a unique and important contribution to Alaska’s literary landscape.

Author of DIG & founding editor of Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry

The poetry and fiction of "Building Fires in the Snow" stakes a queer claim, not necessarily to the untamable terrain of Alaska itself, but certainly to its unfolding story. These writers bear witness to long winters, frozen country, hard hearts, a rugged history, deep passion, quiet moments, a past brought to light, and a future not allowed to be exclusionary. "Building Fires in the Snow" is a beautiful, diverse, and much-needed map of uncharted territory: LGBTQ life in our wildest of states.