Located at 64° 50′ N (198 miles from the Arctic Circle), Permafrost Magazine is the farthest north literary journal for writing and the arts. We’re proud of Permafrost’s forty years as interior Alaska’s foremost literary magazine. Founded in 1977, Permafrost is housed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks MFA program, and run by dedicated creative writing graduate students. We publish a winter print issue as well as a spring online issue, both of which feature compelling poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by established writers and new voices alike. In Alaska, our unique environment shapes our perspective, but Permafrost seeks original voices from all over the world.
The 2019/2020 Permafrost Editorial Staff:
Editor in Chief
Adrianne Blackwood is a 3rd year grad student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working towards an MFA in Fiction. Originally from California, she graduated from UC Riverside in 2016 with a BA in Creative Writing. She enjoys writing plays, experimenting with magical realism, and working on her historical fiction novel, but she loves to read absolutely anything.
Managing Editor & Social Media Coordinator
Sean Enfield is a writer from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He received his B.A. in English Literature from University of North Texas and is now pursuing an MFA in Nonfiction Writing at University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is also an editor for the Denton collective, Spiderweb Salon. His own writing has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and his work is published in a number of literary journals, including Tahoma Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, F(r)iction Online, Poetry Quarterly, and Vine Leaves. Though he has dabbled in a number of genres, he was once chastised for failing to introduce himself as a poet. He has not made that mistake since. His work can be found at seanenfield.com.
Web and Design Editor
David Aubuchon enjoys jotting sentences in notebooks he’ll never again open. Often found staring at fan blades, blank walls, and wood-grain desktops, he hopes to spend his time with Permafrost staring at a Mac screen.
Fiction & Web and Design Editor
Rebecca Wood is an MFA student in fiction at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in creative writing from Arizona State University. Rebecca worked for a rural school district in northern Arizona before making the drive to Alaska in August 2018. She writes fiction and poetry, mostly about the desert places of her home.
Daniel Emerson Lyew was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and has thus far lived in Moscow, Monterey, Beijing, London, Arlington, Saint-Paul, and now, Fairbanks, where he is pursuing an MFA in poetry. He received his BA in philosophy and mathematics from Macalester College, and has previously worked as a groundskeeper and meatpacker. Beyond writing and reading, he enjoys cooking, playing bass guitar, watching films, and shooting hoops with his fellow grad students.
Nicole Emanuel grew up in a geodesic dome in the hillside of Anchorage, Alaska. After brief forays to Minnesota (for college) and Washington D.C. (to tend orchids at Smithsonian Gardens), she is now back in the 49th State. She is working toward a Master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which means a lot of her time is spent reading about polar explorers, fungi, cephalopods, and other misunderstood monsters.
Daryl Farmer is the author of Bicycling beyond the Divide, which received a Barnes and Noble Discover Award and was a Colorado Book Award finalist and Where We Land, a collection of short stories. His recent work has appeared in The Whitefish Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Gingerbread House. He is an associate professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he is the director of the creative writing program.