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My essay “Alaska On Fire” is now on The Hellebore

Goodday mateys! I’m excited to announce that my essay Alaska on Fire was published in the latest issue of the Hellebore, Black Moss. An acquaintance called it an “insightful, well-written piece on last summer’s wildfires, budget destruction and the Tlingit idea of shukalxs uxs’— where the end is called back to the beginning”. You can …

My short story recently published in The Sun magazine’s Readers Write

Top of the mornin’ to ya, friends! You may have heard of The Sun magazine. They are one of the most respected and widely distributed literary magazines out there. Every time I go to my favorite local organic grocery store, I pick up a copy. I love their frank, raw essays and poetry. The Sun …

“Courageous Women,” a new poetry anthology featuring poetry from women around the world

I am thrilled that my poem Letter to the Universe has been included in the latest poetry anthology out by Ukiyoto Publishing, Courageous Women: Handpicked Selection of Prose & Poetry. It’s an honor to be included in such a diverse and multinational group of women. Here is the link to purchase a copy of the …

My poem, “Solstice through Aperture,” wins statewide poetry contest

(scroll down to watch/read) I am struggling with this blog post. I’ve been wanting to make an important announcement for more than a month now, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. How do you announce you won an award without coming across as bragging? It’s kind of impossible. The truth is I …

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Staying Connected

Our local radio station in Juneau, Alaska, is offering a new segment to help keep us connected during this time called Community Connection. They asked me to share a piece, and you can listen to it here. The title is “Grounded”. Thank you, KTOO!

about Summer

Summer teaches Spanish in Juneau, Alaska, where she lives with her commercial fisherman husband and two semi-feral children. She’s not sure how they came to be that way, but let’s just say that the pinecone never falls far from spruce tree. (Until, of course, a squirrel piece-meals it much like Summer eats a blueberry muffin. …

Tidal Echoes 2020 edition makes for the perfect quarantine reading

Oh my gosh you guys, I don’t usually talk like a valley girl, but when I do it’s because I am immensely impressed. The latest edition to come out of University of Alaska Southeast, Tidal Echoes 2020 is the most stunning literary magazine I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Leafing through the gorgeous prose …

Tidal Echoes virtually launches a new collection of literature & art

This year Tidal Echoes, founded by University of Alaska Southeast, virtually launched their annual showcase of literature and the art. For their first Author Poetry Reading, the magazine asked me to read my poem, “Letter to the Universe,” a poem for girls everywhere. Diane DeSloover also reads her poem about the first time she watched …

about Summer Koester

Where I call home: Juneau, Alaska

What I do: I write poetry, stories, and essays, and I’m working on a memoir about my fifteen years living in cultures nothing like my own. I try escape into the wilderness as much as possible, usually with my daughter and son. Sometimes I perform– theater, writing and singing songs on my guitar, and dance.

Successes: My poem Solstice through Aperture place first in this year’s Alaska Statewide Poetry Contest, and my work has appeared or is forthcoming in Motherwell Magazine, Lowestoft Chronicle, Third Wednesday, Hellebore, Front Porch Review, Tidal Echoes, Alaska Women Speak, and a few more. One of my poems was included in the anthology Courageous Women by Ukiyoto Publishing.

My day job: teaching Spanish to middle school students

Educational background: Bachelors of Arts in People and Performing Arts of Latin America and the Caribbean, teaching certificates in California and Alaska, and Masters of Education

Who I am: Sensitive and empathetic, maybe from my years of living abroad, or working with children, or becoming other people on stage.

How I started writing: It began with researching ancient civilizations in my grandfather’s library during the summers, then I would turn my notes into hundred-paged novels. In college my writing evolved into rap lyrics, and later folk songs.

Why I write: When I write poetry, I can capture and experience time more acutely than when I just go through the motions of life. I’m sure people understand what it’s like to go through life not being heard, and with poetry I can speak my mind without interruptions. With poetry I can leave my ego behind and just feel my way around the world a bit. I love how poetry helps us make sense of a nonsensical world.

What inspires me: The wilderness, my son who inspired Solstice through Aperture, my five-year-old daughter who is magical. Indigenous people from around the world, especially the Tlingit, Tsimshian and Haida, the original people of Southeast Alaska. Currently I’m inspired by the poetry of Sandra Cisneros. Also, my husband who is nothing like me, so I write poems to understand him better. Humans are fascinating.

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Summer Koester

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My essay “Alaska On Fire” is now on The Hellebore

Goodday mateys! I’m excited to announce that my essay Alaska on Fire was published in the latest issue of the Hellebore, Black Moss. An acquaintance called it an “insightful, well-written piece on last summer’s wildfires, budget destruction and the Tlingit idea of shukalxs uxs’— where the end is called back to the beginning”. You can …