Marybeth Holleman
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  • Anchorage, AK
  • United States
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Marybeth Holleman liked Kristin Bustamante's blog post 7 Ways To Improve Your Amazon Author Page
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Dec 20, 2016
Marybeth Holleman commented on the blog post '5 Things I Discovered from a Taking a Month Off from Writing'
"Ah, the election. So many of us fell flat. It's taken weeks to find some balance and get back to work. Here's from a great writer and friend, who wrote, "In these terrible days, it's good to know that each person in the circle is…"
Dec 20, 2016
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Nov 29, 2016
Marybeth Holleman commented on the blog post '[Body, Mind & Spirit] Tips for Reading Excerpts from Your Novel or Memoir'
"Wonderful piece, wonderful comments. Thanks to all."
Nov 29, 2016
Marybeth Holleman commented on the blog post 'A 350-page novel in 35 words or less – Argh!'
"Exactly what I've been working on this week for my novel. The elevator speech, and the log line (borrowed from screenplay pitch to producers.)"
Nov 18, 2016
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Marybeth Holleman commented on the blog post 'How To Navigate the Chaos of the Experts'
"Thanks for this post. It reminds me that the word "book" has many meanings. 90 days. Wow. Thanks for reminding us that we must find our own rhythms if we are to write what only we can write."
Jun 2, 2016
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Marybeth Holleman commented on the blog post 'How to Turn Your ‘Off’ Writing Days Into ‘On’ Days'
"Brooke, This is brilliant, thank you. And Martine, your story, too, spot on. So important to stay in the moment, and to remember than emotions come and go like passing clouds. I know from yoga practice that I can go to the mat feeling exhausted,…"
Jun 2, 2016
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Oct 19, 2015

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Who I am:
I was raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and transplanted to Alaska's Chugach Mountains just after college. I've written a few books and published essays, articles, and poems in periodicals such as Orion, North American Review, Christian Science Monitor, Sierra, and Alaska Quarterly Review, in anthologies including The Future of Nature, Solo, The Seacoast Reader, and American Nature Writing, and on NPR. I've taught creative writing and women’s studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and write for nonprofits on environmental issues, from polar bears to oil spills.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Among Wolves: Gordon Haber's Insights into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal (Nonfiction)University of Alaska Press, 2013.

The Heart Of The Sound: An Alaskan Paradise Found And Nearly Lost (Literary Nonfiction) University of Nebraska Press, 2011. (originally published in hardcover by University of Utah Press, 2004.)

Crosscurrents North: Alaskans On The Environment (Anthology, Poetry And Essays) Co-Editor with Anne Coray. University of Alaska Press, 2008.

Alaska's Prince William Sound Alaska Northwest Books. 2000.

“In the Name of Restoration,” The Future of Nature. Ed. Barry Lopez. Milkweed, 2007.

“Day of Listening.” Going Alone. Ed. Susan Fox Rogers. Seattle: Seal Press, 2004.

“The View Helps Me Know Where I Am.” Under Northern Lights: Writers and Artists View the
Alaskan Landscape. Ed. Frank Soos & Kesler Woodward. U Washington P, 2000.

"Looking Over the Edge,” Wild Moments. Ed. Michael Engelhard. U Alaska P, 2009.
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Blog Posts, Lit Crit
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Services I offer to other writers:
Available for talks and classes on environmental writing, writing and activism, memoir, poetry. Book reviews.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
49 Writers, AROHO
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Marybeth Holleman's Blog

How The Wilderness Act Helps Me Write

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:00pm 10 Comments

Fresh out of college, I visited my older sister, a ceramic artist teaching in West Virginia. She beckoned me to her yard to see her latest creation—a six-foot oblong curved shape, slightly hollow in the center. It was unlike anything I’d seen, and yet also strangely familiar. “It’s beautiful,” I said. She beamed, and walked over to another shelf, picking up a piece of wood, weathered and shined by time. “It was inspired by this,” she said, “that you gave me.” I didn’t remember this remnant…


The Book That Jumped Into My Lap

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 6:00pm 20 Comments

I didn’t seek this one out. I had all kinds of ideas for books, but this wasn’t one of them. Plus, I had several books-in-progress stewing: a memoir about traveling with and homeschooling my son, a collection of essays, a novel, a book of poems . . . a messy pot, with never enough time for cooking.

But when Gordon Haber’s research plane crashed into the mountains in Denali National Park, I dropped the pot. Gordon had studied the wolves of Denali and northeastern Alaska for over four…


My Son is Perfect: How to Write (Honestly) About Our Kids

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 3:30pm 15 Comments

A recent book review in the New York Times began with this: “No subject offers a greater opportunity for terrible writing than motherhood.”

That review reminds me that writing about mothering is just like mothering itself – fraught with judgement, whether it’s from family or neighbors or the media. It’s right up there with education as media’s go-to when we’re not in the midst of an election or scandal or disaster or tragedy.

And so, at the Associated Writing Program’s annual…


My Son is Perfect: An AWP Panel

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:44pm 0 Comments

I'll be joined by Hope Edelman, Kate Hopper, and Caroline Grant at AWP in Boston on Saturday, March 9 for our panel presentation and lively discussion of "My Son is Perfect: How to Write (Honestly) About Your Own Kids." I came up with the idea for this panel because this is something I've struggled with. My kid - I adore him - and when he was little, well, I thought he was - perfect. So, how to write honestly? Space. Closeness and Distance. Come to our panel, or stay tuned here for more.…


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At 1:48pm on September 15, 2015, Alonna Shaw said…

Hi, Marybeth! Thanks for the friend invite. She Writes is a terrific place. We appear to have lots in common.

At 11:17am on March 29, 2013, Julie Luek said…

Following your blog too and looking forward to reading. :)

At 11:14am on March 29, 2013, Julie Luek said…

Thanks for the friend invite, Marybeth. I'm so happy to walk in the encouragement and support of other writers. Julie

At 9:57am on March 29, 2013, Kathleen Varn said…

Thanks Marybeth for adding me. I'm kind of new to the She Writes but like to pop on now and then to see where other writers are in their process and pick up tips here and there. Went to Alaska a few summers ago and found it fascinating. Nothing like it in the US.

At 1:20pm on January 13, 2013, Daphne Q said…

Hi, Marybeth... thanks for friend request. What an interesting life you lead. How's Alaska these days? I've been writing a blog about my quest to write and self-publish my first book... it's at, if you're interested

At 5:27am on April 17, 2012, Marilyn Bousquin said…

Hi, Marybeth. I'll think on it and get back to you. Meanwhile, you may want to check out Kate Hopper's amazing Motherhood & Words at She convened a motherhood and writing panel at AWP in Chicago and is very clear about the importance of motherhood literature. Enjoy! Marilyn

At 10:18am on April 16, 2012, Marilyn Bousquin said…

Hi, Marybeth. What is the specific aspect of writing and motherhood that you're proposing for AWP? I always find the motherhood panels the deepest, truest, and most illuminating.

At 7:38am on March 29, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

>That's great you were a finalist for the Bellweather Prize - that's such a great prize Kingsolver started.


At 7:26am on March 29, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Waving a friendly hello, Marybeth!

At 8:54pm on March 24, 2012, maggie brooke said…

hey, marybeth, i'm pretty new to she writes, as well, but i'm enjoying it immensely. it's a great way to be linked to other writers around the world. i live in australia but had a mad chidlhood love affair with alaska which cooled off after i lived in maine and realized i hate the cold! cheers! maggie brooke



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