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Rosemary McGuire

Alaskan author

About the Author

Rosemary McGuire is a life-long Alaskan. Her short story collection, The Creatures at the Absolute Bottom of the Sea, was published by the University of Alaska Press in 2015, and has since been anthologized multiple times. Her commercial fishing memoir, Rough Crossing, won the River Teeth Nonfiction Book Prize in 2016, and was a finalist for the Women Writing the West WILLA award in 2018. Rosemary’s work has been supported by Rasmuson Foundation grants, and by residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her latest book, Cold Latitudes, nonfiction about her experiences in the Arctic and Antarctic wilderness, was published by the University of Alaska press in April 2021.

The author in the snow

Rosemary McGuire is from and of the cold latitudes about which she writes. It shows in the chop and bang, the beauty and slide of her words as if lifted directly from the Arctic’s intrinsic difficulty and elegance. Not to be missed!
—Gretel Ehrlich, author of Unsolaced: Along the Way to All that Is

With language as striking as the unique landscapes she visits, McGuire balances intrepid adventure with quiet introspection, wanderlust with reverence.
—Caroline Van Hemert, author of The Sun is a Compass

The rapid change occurring in the high latitudes, both in the environment and in our scientific and Indigenous cultures, is clearly brought home in McGuire’s precise and lyrical prose, which leaves a stunning afterglow to all she evokes.
—Nancy Lord, author of Beluga Days, Early Warming, and pH: A Novel

McGuire writes beautifully about wilderness, harrowingly about danger, inspiringly about hard work. She has come up with ways to reach places few people see. 

—Tom Kizzia, author Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier


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