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 2018/2019 Permafrost Editorial Staff:
Editor in Chief
Andrew Luft was brought up in the raucously quiet suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. When Andrew was five, he and his father would tear through the power-washed streets of downtown Powell, shouting the lyrics of Meat Loaf’s “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” from car windows while innocent bystanders shielded the ears of their young ones. As a grown-up, Andrew has come to Alaska to pursue an MFA in screenwriting, as well as to make even more unsolicited noise. His writing has been published or is forthcoming at apt, Driftwood Press, and Poetry City, USA, among other places.
Adrianne Blackwood is a 2nd 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
Web and Design Editors
Zoë Wise is a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is earning her MFA in Fiction. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Thrice Fiction Magazine, The West Texas Literary Reviewand others. Before working at Permafrost, Zoë was a reader for Jeopardy. Zoë is from Bellingham, Washington.
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.
Venus Fultz swapped surviving the 100+ temperatures of Southern California for the -20 and below of Fairbanks, Alaska in order to write a novel. He received her BFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. Her writing is having an affair with fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and when they finish a piece of fiction he makes sacrifices to celestial beings in the hopes it will be published. When not writing he bakes and indulges in tragic queer romance. They are currently in pursuit of her MFA in fiction.
Heather Aruffo lived in five states and two countries before landing in Alaska, where she is a third year MFA candidate in fiction at UAF. She has an ScB in chemistry from Brown University and is at work on a novel and a collection of short stories.
Tiffany L. Thomas is a dual MA/MFA graduate student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is a poetry editor for Permafrost Magazine, a freelance editor of engineering manuscripts, a volunteer ELL tutor, and, presumably, a poet. Her recent work can be found in Menacing Hedge, the Watershed Review and in Better World Books’ Beer, Wine, and Spirits Anthology. She is a recipient of the Richard S. Lynch Writing Award and the Catholic Poetry Society Award.
Social Media Coordinator
Brandi Jo Petronio Nyberg likes to spend her time on rivers, in the woods, growing food, and writing about those things. She currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her two dogs and husband, where she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in a handful of literary and environmental magazines, including TINGE, American Whitewater, and Canary: A Journal of the Environmental Crisis.
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.