New Poem Up At Sleet

Good day friends. I’m happy to announce that I have a new poem up at a wonderful literary journal, Sleet. Thanks for reading!


Quiz: Are You Ready to Reenter Society and Attend that Wiccan Séance?

Now that the High Priestess has declared masks to be safer than deadly adders, our sisters of the dark arts have resumed spellcasting in autumnal forests. Do you feel like you might be ready to interact with real-life, three-dimensional witches again, but aren’t sure how to talk to people after spending seven moons doom-scrolling alone …

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 …

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.


Summer Koester

verbal vixen,, revisionist herstorian