After earning her MFA from the Rainier Writer’s Workshop Erin Coughlin Hollowell authored three books of poetry. She is a Rasmuson Foundation Fellows and In 2017, she was awarded a second Rasmuson Fellowship to work on her third book. Currently, Hollowell is the executive director of the Storyknife Writers Residency, a residency for women writers being developed outside of Homer, Alaska and she is Director of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference.
Kesler “Kes” Woodward is an Alaska artist, art historian and curator known for his colorful paintings of northern landscapes. After teaching for and then chairing the Art Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1981, Woodward retired as Professor in 2000 to paint full-time, receiving emeritus status from the university. He was awarded the first Alaska Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 2004.