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Tidal Echoes 2020 Edition

The University of Alaska Southeast presents the 2020 edition of Tidal Echoes, our annual showcase of literature and the arts. Featuring the prose and poetry of rainforests, waterways, family, friends, and beloved dogs, these selected writers and artists share one thing in common: a life lived in Southeast Alaska.

The creation of Tidal Echoes is an amazing experiential learning opportunity for UAS students, from the solicitation of juried entries, through editing and production to a final printed book. Find out more about all our unique and immersive programs on our website.

Featured Writer

Maureen “Mo” Longworth

Maureen “Mo” Longworth

A prominent playwright within the Juneau community, Mo Longworth’s most recent production Blue Ticket: Ferries/Fairies Out of Alaska was independently produced and performed at McPhetres Hall with the Blue Ticket Theatre Project. Mo’s writing centers around issues of social equity, sexism, and LGBTQ experiences. Inquiries about Blue Ticket may be directed to

Featured Artist

Pat Race

Pat Race

Juneau-born Pat Race is an artist who works in a wide variety of mediums, including graphic design, illustration, animation, filmmaking, printmaking, and more. Pat’s work ranges widely from heartfelt and personal to pointedly political, always encouraging the viewer to thoughtfully engage with his point of view. Pat owns and operates the graphic novel/gaming/art gallery Alaska Robotics and Lucid Reverie, a design and filmmaking studio.

Tidal Echoes Student Editors

Callie Ziegler, Senior Editor

Callie Ziegler, Senior Editor

Callie Ziegler is a born and raised Southerner. Callie may have lost her accent over the years, but not her charm. She is Tidal Echoes Senior Editor and a recent UAS graduate. Callie will be attending Florida State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing next fall.

Erika Bergen, Junior Editor

Erika Bergen, Junior Editor

Erika Bergren is an Alaskan writer, actress, artist, and activist living in Juneau, Alaska with her sled-dog rescue, Pippin. She is also the vice president of Woosh Kinaadeiyí, Juneau’s spoken word poetry organization, and the creative content manager of Raincheck Magazine, Juneau’s online art magazine. In her free time she enjoys practicing aerial circus arts, drawing, writing poetry, and chasing her dog up mountains. 

Launch Presentations

Welcome to the Tidal Echoes Launch Week with Callie Ziegler, Senior Editor of the 2020 edition of Tidal Echoes Literary and Arts Journal. We’re bringing the launch party online this year—one new video will be uploaded each day! We hope you’ll join us throughout the week. 

We had a lot of mentors for this year’s journal! Junior Editor Erika Bergren speaks about the many elements that went in to the project and the all the people she and Callie met and worked with to produce it.

Callie Ziegler thanks UAS Chancellor Dr. Richard Caulfield for his support of Tidal Echoes throughout the years. Following this, enjoy a video showcase of all the artwork appearing in this year’s journal.

Poet Summer Koester reads “A Letter to the Universe”, a poem inspired by her daughter. Poet Diane DeSloover reads her poem “Drag Show at the Rendezvous”, an account of her introduction to Juneau’s drag community and the incomparable Gigi Monroe.

Poet Lin Davis reads “Between the Worlds”, a meditation on transitions and what remains. Poet and UAS student Alicia Steiner reads her work “Knitting Needles”.

Maureen “Mo” Longworth’s powerful play Blue Ticket: Ferries/Fairies Out of Alaska explores a little-known era of LGBTQ history in the Last Frontier. 

Showcasing artwork and video, Featured Artist Pat Race speaks about growing up in Douglas, his development as an artist, and the origins of his community-based projects, including the JUMP Film Society local film festival and the Mini-Con comic convention.

We hope you enjoyed the virtual launch of Tidal Echoes! Callie Ziegler talks about the doors Tidal Echoes has helped her open, including grad school. A special message to Callie’s personal mentors: Professors Emily Wall and Math Trafton, the “best online teacher I’ve ever had!”

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Excerpts from Tidal Echoes 2020 Print Edition