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.
Summer Issue 39.2: This issue is forthcoming – summer 2017!
The 2017/2018 Permafrost Editorial Staff:
Editor in Chief
Sarah Small hails from central Pennsylvania but would like yinz to know that she prefers to be affiliated with the western half of the state over the eastern. She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in environmental studies. Her work first appeared circa 1995 on her parents’ refrigerator and has been looking for more reputable homes ever since.
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.
Jason Namey is a third year MFA student, specializing in fiction. His stories appear or are forthcoming in Hobart, Moon City Review, Columbia College Literary Review, Phantom Drift, FLAPPERHOUSE, and elsewhere. He is from Jacksonville, Florida.
Heather Aruffo lived in five states and two countries before landing in Alaska, where she is a second 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.
Kendalyn Mckisick is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry. She received a BA in English and a BA in sculpture from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (her hometown). Kendalyn has worked as a poetry editor for Equinox Literary Magazine and as the Design Editor and Assistant Editor to Nickole Brown for Sequoyah Research Center Chapbook Contest. Her writing can be found in #Bossliving, a few issues of Equinox Literary Magazine, and has won the Equinox Best Poetry Prize of 2013.
Web and Design Editors
Claire-Elise Baalke is an MFA student in fiction. She has lived in Alaska her entire life and loves fishing, berry picking, and hiking, usually in the summer months. One of her specializations is in the studies of medieval literature and she is currently working on a medieval fantasy novel.
Zoë Wise is a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is earning her MA and MFA. Before working on Permafrost she was a reader for Jeopardy. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Belletrist Magazine, Thrice Fiction Magazine, and others. Zoë is from Bellingham, Washington and considers herself forever soaked with a love for all things Pacific Northwest.
Social Media Coordinator
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.
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.