Winners of the 27th Statewide Poetry Contest!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 27th Statewide Poetry Contest!


This year’s entries were reviewed and given honors by Erin Coughlin Hollowell, judge for the 2022 Statewide Poetry Contest

color_fin-1Erin Coughlin Hollowell is a poet and writer who lives at the end of the road in Alaska. Prior to landing in Alaska, she lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns, pursuing many different professions from tapestry weaving to arts administration. She is the author of Pause, Traveler (2013) and Every Atom (2018), both published by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. Her collection Corvus and Crater is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2023. She has been awarded two Rasmuson Foundation Fellowships, a Connie Boochever Award, and an Alaska Literary Award. Her work has been most recently published in Orion Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Terrain.organd Sugar House Review, and was a finalist for the 49th Parallel Contest for the Bellingham Review. She is the executive director of Storyknife Writers Retreat and director of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference.


Fairbanks Arts is pleased to announce the following awardees:



Honorable Mention: “A Note from Persephone” by Susan Campbell (Fairbanks)
Honorable Mention: “Forty Five” by Jamie Murphy Soika (Fairbanks)



Honorable Mention: “Soil Scent” by Darcy Misel (Fairbanks)






Honorable Mention: “Ode to the Wolverine” by Isaac Mitchell (Delta Junction)

Please note: all poems presented here are the original creative work of the poets and should not be copied or shared without permission by the poet. For inquiries about any of the poems, contact


KUAC 89.9 FM will also broadcast the winning poems throughout the day on Wednesday, April 6! 

Stay tuned on our website for the video announcement and sign up for our Literary Arts F.A.N. (Fairbanks Arts Newsletter) e-communications to stay up to date on all our literary happenings!

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest, to our judge Erin Coughlin Hollowell, and congratulations once more to the winners of this year’s contest!



About Fairbanks Arts: Fairbanks Arts Association is a dynamic organization that has served Interior Alaska through the arts since 1966 with visual, literary, performing, and arts education programs. Fairbanks Arts plays a central leadership role in the arts community, providing opportunities and resources for artists and organizations and believes in building a vibrant, healthy community through the arts.

Fairbanks Arts Association’s Statewide Poetry Contest is a celebration of poetry writing in Alaska and invites participation from writers of all ages, elementary school and up. The contest aims to encourage, publicize and reward the writing of high quality poetry in our great state.

Thank you to our supporters
Fairbanks Arts programs are made possible by individual and corporate contributions, the City of Fairbanks Hotel/Motel Bed Tax, Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts 

Watch a video of the contest winners below!