An emotional and geographical journey through the memories of a now lost relationship, this poetry collection is bravely introspective and authentic. Incredibly relatable poems conjure dramatic snapshots of moments or months spent completely immersed in a love affair, with all its twists and turns through safety and warmth, enlightenment, passion, wild abandon, tragedy, insecurity, confusion, and grief. Brief glimpses of family members and odd acquaintances add texture to the melancholy love story. The locations are characters, in and of themselves, and add bright splashes of color to this collection.
Keriann Gilson is a 4th generation Alaskan living out her dream teaching high school students. She holds a Master’s in Secondary Education from UAF and a Master’s in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry from UAA. Keriann had her first poem published in the Winter 2019/2020 edition of Alaska Women Speak. Her MFA manuscript, which housed the first drafts of the poems in this chapbook, received the Jason Wenger Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. This is her first chapbook to be published and she’s completely overjoyed. She currently teaches 10th and 12th grade English, Creative Writing, and Theatre in her hometown of Valdez, Alaska.