Monthly Literary Reading: September 16, 2017, 7pm

Fairbanks Arts Association is the proud host
of the oldest Literary Reading in Alaska.

Readings are usually held in the Bear Gallery the first Saturday of the month.

Saturday, September 16, 7pm

Bear Gallery (3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts), Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks

As the academic year starts fresh, hear these UAF Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing professors read from their works:

Gerri Brightwell Rome_web-sizeGerri Brightwell

Gerri will  be reading from a new short story “Windfall.”

Gerri Brightwell is from southwest England but now teaches creative writing at UAF. Her most recent novel, Dead of Winter, was published by Salt Publishing (UK) in spring 2016. She has two previous novels: Cold Country and The Dark Lantern. Her short work has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Copper Nickel, and Redivider, and her story “Williamsville” will be published in The Best American Mystery Stories 2017. She is married to fantasy writer Ian C. Esslemont.

Daryl Farmer_web-sizeDaryl Farmer

Daryl will be reading new work from a current project in progress.

Daryl Farmer is the author of two books: Bicycling beyond the Divide, which received a Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and and Where We Land, a collection of short stories. His recent work has appeared in The Whitefish Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Gingerbread House. He is an associate professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he teaches fiction and nonfiction writing classes. Read more about Daryl’s writing at

saraelizabw_web-sizeSara Eliza Johnson

Sara will be reading poems from her book, Bone Map, as well as poems from her new manuscript, Vapor.

Sara Eliza Johnson’s first book, Bone Map (Milkweed Editions, 2014), was selected for the 2013 National Poetry Series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, Copper Nickel, Blackbird, Boston Review, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2015 NEA Fellowship in poetry, a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and two Winter Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among other honors. Read more about Sara’s writing at

Mellen Author photoKyle Mellen

Kyle will be reading short fiction.

Kyle Mellen’s stories have appeared in journals such as EPOCH, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, LIT, Meridian, Parcel, and Salt Hill. His work has received the Alaska Literary Award and the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, and his manuscript of stories has been a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, the GMR Book Prize, and the New American Fiction Prize. Originally from New England, he’s made his home in Fairbanks since 2007.



Saturday, October 7, 7pm

Giant's Hand book cover_Nick Jans

Nick Jans reading from The Giant’s Hand

Bear Gallery (3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts), Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks


Nick_Jans_author_photoNick Jans is a longtime contributing editor to Alaska Magazine, and a member of USA Today’s board of editorial contributors. He has published hundreds of articles in a wide variety of magazines, from Readers Digest to Rolling Stone. He has also contributed to many anthologies and written 13 books. His latest is an award-winning collection of Arctic essays, The Giant’s Hand. Upcoming projects include a just-completed book on the Mendenhall Glacier with photographer Mark Kelley and a long-simmering literary novel.

To learn more about Nick Jans and his writing, visit