by Katie Eberhart
Cabin 135 is a house that was built for the Matanuska Colony. Living there for many years, the author became fascinated with the accumulation of layers. The house anchors this book, a collection of threaded stories, to a particular plot of landscape in the Matanuska Valley.
Whether semi-tamed garden, national park, or forest, nature meanders through the stories in this book. As does memory, that thread that ties each of us to our past. The terrain of this book includes garden and yard, but also more distant places where enticing moments offer insights to how we live and survive.
Cabin 135, A Memoir of Alaska by Katie Eberhart forthcoming from University of Alaska Press in 2020.
Unbound: Alaska Poems is out-of-print.
I am working on a memoir about living in a house built during the Matanuska Colony. An update on that process is at Where Did The Last Year Go? on my Nature & Literature blog.
Unbound: Alaska Poems by Katie Eberhart and published by Uttered Chaos Press can be ordered from the publisher or at Amazon.com and is in available at some independent bookstores, including:
Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, Bend, Oregon
Parnassus Books, Ketchikan, Alaska
Fireside Books, Palmer, Alaska
In Unbound: Alaska Poems, the poems evoke places and historic moments such as the evidence left behind by former residents of the (Matanuska) Colony house we lived in for twenty-eight years as well as nature and seasons, hot springs, berry picking, root vegetables, ravens, and the magically technological room at the Museum of the North in Fairbanks that is called The Place Where You Go To Listen.
Is Nature Enough? and Still Life With Vegetables, two poems in Unbound: Alaska Poems appeared first, and can be read online, in the Elohi Gadugi Journal.
Other poems have appeared in Cirque Journal, Sand Journal (Berlin), and the Palmer (Alaska) Arts Council’s 2010 Anthology, Voices Between Mountains. Water Tower Tales was the featured poem at the Palmer Arts Council’s annual meeting in 2011.
More about the process of publishing Unbound: Alaska Poems on my Nature & Literature blog: The Long Road to a Poetry Chapbook.