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  Don J. Rearden

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Screenwriter, Poet, Novelist, Associate Professor University of Alaska Anchorage

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SHORT BIO: I had the great fortune of growing up on the tundra of Southwestern Alaska.  My experiences with the Yup'ik Eskimo culture have shaped both my writing and to a larger extent who I am.  While I enjoy writing in a variety of modes and genres, my heart often draws my writing back to characters and stories that orginate on the tundra and with the rich culture and life found in this often mystical and mysterious land.

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, never limiting myself to one single mode.   (I’ve often also jokingly called myself a tundra philosopher, which really only means that I know nothing, except the tundra life will change how you think about yourself and the world.)

 I’m an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage where I teach young writers how to develop their creative voices.   Much of my writing and thought is influenced by my learning experiences on the tundra, as well as from the teachings and writings of my mentor and dear friend, Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael and The Story of B.


Recent Works and awards include:
----- "Atauciq, Malruq, Pingayun" (published by the Rasmuson Foundation)
----- "Eskimo Baseball" Spring 06 - Copper Nickel
-----honorable mention in the 2004 Association of Writers and Writing Programs "Intro to Journals Project"
-----Non-Fiction Ghost Story in HAUNTED ENCOUNTERS, Ghost Stories from Around the World
-----Letter to a Village Basketball Star - published in ICE FLOE
---- After ANWR - poem, published in CHRONOGRAM, award winner in AK Radio Poetry Contest
---- Eskimo Baseball - short story, Copper Nickel
----a CD entitled "Stealing Our Souls" by the Funky Eskimos, 1st Prize in the National Korea Society Essay Contest, 1st Place in the Anchorage Daily News Writing Contest, and publication of several poems and articles in unimportant and rarely read venues.
"Encounter with a Ghost" in Bugle Magazine, "Surviving an Alaskan Nightmare" in Modern Survival, and "Eskimo Baseball" in Poetry Monthly.

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The Raven's Gift
Check out the site for my latest novel, which will published with Pintail Penguin, July 2013, Penguin Canada 2011, Text Publishing Australia, 2012, and in France with Fleuve Noir in 2013.

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