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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, Alaska Dispatch News, and Ester Republic. He is editing a forthcoming anthology of Alaska writing.


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The man who first mapped Alaska's North Slope, and who rubbed shoulders with Arctic legends Roald Amundsen and Vilhjalmar Stefansson, finally gets noticed. Unfortunately the resultant book never brings him to life.

"The most extensive records of this and his subsequent trips are Leffingwell’s journals, and he was quite spartan in his language, something readers discover from the excerpts Collins includes. With little else to go on, she’s left to provide a daily account of where Leffingwell went and what he saw, temperatures, weather conditions, who he interacted with, perhaps what he ate, and not much more."

Elena Savostianova came to Fairbanks from Belarus and found her place in town by volunteering. Another installment in the series, "Becoming Alaskan."

“Alaska accepted us as new immigrants. The community accepted us. We need to give back something. I feel like I do now because I work for Alaskan people. It’s really good to know you can do something important.”




The story of four men in a rowboat attempting the Northwest Passage.
"The team of two Canucks and two Irishmen traveled in a custom built, one-ton, ocean-worthy row boat dubbed the Arctic Joule. They launched into Canada's massive Mackenzie River, which flows through the Northwest Territories and discharges into the Beaufort Sea, where they headed east."

The Literacy Council of Alaska helps immigrants in Fairbanks find their way to work, success, and citizenship.
“In the borough there are over 10 thousand people who don’t speak English as their first language. That’s over 10 percent of our population,” explained Mike Kolasa, the council’s executive director, adding, “Last year we had 175 English language learners students.”
A winding path brought Chidozie Menakaya from Lagos, Nigeria, to Fairbanks, Alaska. The latest installment in "Becoming Alaskan."
When I landed back in Fairbanks and walked through those airport doors, I was relieved,” recalled Chidozie Menakaya after returning to Alaska from Lagos, Nigeria. “I thought, ‘What does that mean if Fairbanks gives me relief?’” Then he broke out laughing.

An Inupiaq photographer brings the world face-to-face with Alaska's northernmost residents.
"Since 2015 he has been operating a website called "I am Inuit" where he presents photographs of Inuit people from across the western and northern regions of Alaska, along with short quotes where they offer thoughts on their lives. It's akin to the popular Facebook page "Humans of New York," but focused on the Native people of far-flung Alaska."