In 2013, I moved to Akiachak, Alaska, a small village in a rural part of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Friends and family asked if I would write a blog. Instead, I wrote a zine. Painstakingly designed on my typewriter, nefariously printed after-hours on the high school photocopier, I distributed Notes from the Tundra only via snail mail. By the end of my time in Alaska, it boasted nearly one hundred subscribers, a number of which I’m very proud.

The Red Queen, from Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland, was the mascot for the fictionalized Red Queen Press, at which Notes from the Tundra was printed.

The initial Notes ran for twelve issues, and was comprised of short nonfiction, odd poetry, and photographs all centered around life in the village. Three incarnations later (Notes from the Bayou, Notes from Gentilly, and now, pandemic-centered, Notes from In Place), the zine project continues to surface at odd intervals in my life, and can dwindle without warning.

The material that comprised the initial Notes series is now a long-form nonfiction manuscript about Alaska, land, and the dilemma of loving a place from the outside.

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