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Corlis Taylor learned quilting after she came to Alaska, then transferred her newfound skills into clothing she calls "wearable art." Approaching retirement from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where she's worked for twenty-seven years and serves as the education department manager, she reflects on her life, her art, and her Alaska experiences. She came north in 1979 as a Vista volunteer, moving from Florida to Bethel. “I thought, ‘Oh, what have I gotten myself into?,’” she said. What she found was home.

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David James is an Alaskan author and literary critic whose work has been published by the Anchorage Daily News, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Anchorage Press, Alaska Dispatch News, and Ester Republic. He is editing a forthcoming anthology of Alaska writing.


Jenifer Cameron, a professional artist and retired art teacher, took the time to discuss her life's work as she prepared to leave Fairbanks with her husband for their new home in Seldovia.

“Everybody is an artist. When you’re creating and you’re expressing yourself and making marks on a paper and engaged in the process, that’s what artists do. I believe everybody’s creative. Our brains are built to be creative and curious. It’s hard to not be.”

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Kendell Macomber discusses aerial dancing,which she practices and teaches in Fairbanks, and her pathway into the Fairbanks professional dancing world, where she is a prominent contributor.

One day I saw aerialists, and I said, that’s the next level; I have to do that. So I got up in the air and haven’t looked back.”

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