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Carolyn Kremers

Where: Fairbanks
Genre(s): Poetry, literary nonfiction, essays
Job(s): Teach part-time at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Email: cskremers (at)

Favorite Places in Alaska:
Brooks Range, Tununak & Nelson Island, Gates of the Arctic NP, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William Sound, Denali NP, birch forest in Fairbanks

Carolyn Kremers writes literary nonfiction and poetry, and is a dedicated teacher and lifelong musician. Born in Denver, Colorado, educated at Stanford and elsewhere, she moved to Alaska in 1986 to teach music and English in the village of Tununak. Later she completed an MFA in Creative Writing. Her piece, "John Haines and the Dream Place," was named a "Notable" essay in Best American Essays 2012, and her book Upriver was a finalist for the 2014 WILLA Award in Poetry, from Women Writing the West. She designed and implemented the MFA creative nonfiction program at Eastern Washington University in Spokane and has also taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has been artist-in-residence at Gates of the Arctic National Park and at Denali National Park, and for ten months in 2008-09 and again in 2015-16 she was a US Fulbright Scholar at Buryat State University in Ulan Ude, Russia.


  • Upriver, University of Alaska Press (Alaska Literary Series), 2013
  • Place of the Pretend People: Gifts from a Yup'ik Eskimo Village (literary nonfiction), Alaska Northwest Books, 1996 (hardcover) and 2011 (softcover)
  • The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North (anthology co-edited with Anne Hanley), Fulcrum Publishing, 2005

Work Online:

Please contact me for readings, workshops, classes, lectures
I work with any audience.
Special Interests:
I have a particular interest in multimedia collaborations.

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Listing last updated: October, 2016

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