Dan L. Walker is an Alaskan homesteaders’ son who grew up to become a teacher and a writer. He is the author of Secondhand Summer published in 2016 by Alaska Northwest Books. He has worked as a chef, innkeeper, merchant seaman, fisherman, and carpenter. Drawing from these storied experiences, he has published blogs http://mybearlake.blogspot.com/, essays, professional articles, and fiction in magazines, literary journals, and online. With more than thirty years of experience in education, Dan was named Teacher of the Year for the state of Alaska in 1999. Today, Dan works with schools in rural Alaska and shares life on a lake near Seward, Alaska with his college sweetheart and muse, Madelyn.
Born in Massachusetts, Doug Capra came to Alaska in 1971 and taught school on the Aleutian Islands and in Seward. After retiring from teaching, he went to work as a ranger to guide visitors through Kenai Fjords National Park. Doug has written extensively about Alaska history and served on the board of the Alaska Historical Society. The one-woman show that Capra wrote and directed about Alaska Nellie, Into Alaska a Woman Came, ran for five summers in Seward. He is currently writing plays about Rockwell Kent and Josephine Sather, whose stories are told in his book, The Spaces Between: Stories from the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords. These days Doug works as a private guide and naturalist aboard cruise ships that sail from Japan to Russia, Dutch Harbor, Kodiak and along the Inside Passage of Alaska and Canada. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Northeastern University. He lives in Seward, Alaska, with his wife Cindy.
Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan is a long-time Alaskan who lives in Palmer. She has found adventure on Denali, the Chugach Mountains, and as a wrangler and cook in the Brooks Range. Her award-winning articles have appeared in Alaska magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Louisville Review and other publications. Her books include Our Perfect Wild: Ray and Barbara Bane’s Journeys and the Fate of the Far North; Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith; A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska; Trails Across Time: History of An Alaska Mountain Corridor; and Portrait of the Alaska Railroad. You can find her website at kaylene.us