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Tidal Echoes 2024 Edition

Connection and community are the life threads of Southeast Alaska, and these Southeast Alaskan writers and artists capture it in this years Tidal Echoes where traditionally underserved and underrepresented voices are being elevated— giving voice to all of our collective communities.

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.

Friday, April 5, 2024 7 P.M. Join us for the hybrid launch event at the Egan Lecture Hall or via livestream!

Featured Artist

Elise Tomlinson

Elise Tomlinson

Besides her family and friends, Elise Tomlinson has three great loves in life: books (and the libraries that house them), being in nature, and creating art. She moved from Nebraska to Alaska right out of high school in 1988, and earned her bachelor of fine art’s degree at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her first desk job was at the UAA Consortium Library, where she started as a student worker shelving books; she moved to Hawaii to earn her Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science, and was hired as a library faculty member at UAS after she graduated in 1999. She also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from UAS, and is currently the UAS Library Dean. She has been a painter since childhood and has exhibited throughout Alaska including multiple solo shows at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery, the Juneau Douglas City Museum, and at Annie Kaill’s Fine Art and Crafts Gallery in Juneau, and at the Kimura Gallery and the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage. She has sold paintings and prints to collectors around the country and overseas through her website, and has given workshops on online marketing for artists. Her work has been published on numerous book covers and in a variety of publications, including 18 pieces in previous editions of Tidal Echoes. She plans to host an exhibit of new work at her downtown painting studio/gallery Suite 5 for October’s First Friday. She considers being selected as Tidal Echoes featured artist as one of the absolute's highlights of her life as an artist, librarian, and ka x'ux'tutl'úkxu (book worm) thus far. She is grateful to live and work on unceded Lingít Aaní. Gunalchéesh, háw'aa, Nt'oyaxsn.

Featured Writer

Mistee St. Clair

Mistee St. Clair

Mistee St. Clair is mostly a narrative poet who writes from a place of introspection, longing, and grief about family, relationships, and the more than human in our world. She is interested in telling the human story, threading her poems with science, weather, and nonhuman beings. She’s working on finishing her first full collection. Emerging themes are raising young adults, family, the changing climate, and exploring her own adoption and cultural loss. She sees poetry as a way to seek meaning and understanding when life is full of complications, within our own families and the world at large. We have a lot to grapple with in these everchanging, fast-paced, and politically divisive times. Writing is a way to explore the internal struggles and fears surrounding these big swamping topics. For her it’s an outlet to explore her feelings and thoughts. It’s also a way to pay attention and see the good in the world, to be reassured by looking at the beautiful and hopeful things that have always existed and will continue to exist. She is the author of the chapbook This Morning is Different and has received a 2023 Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation and a 2021 Alaska Literary Award from the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. She has poems in or forthcoming in The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Common, Northwest Review, SWWIM Every Day, and others. Currently, she lives with her family and ball-obsessed border collie in Lingít Aaní, where she hikes, writes, and wanders the mossy rainforest. She is a 49 Writers board member and an editor for the Alaska State Legislature. She can be found at Of northern European and Tanana Athabascan descent, she is an enrolled member of the Native Village of Minto.

Tidal Echoes Student Editors

Sienna Disnee Chubak (Senior editor)

Sienna Disnee Chubak (Senior editor)

Sienna Disnee Chubak is an English major with an emphasis in creative writing. She is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and moved to Juneau four years ago to attend the University of Alaska Southeast. She was published in the 2022 edition of Tidal Echoes before beginning as a student editor. She was the junior editor for the 2023 edition and is excited to be working as the senior editor for the 2024 edition.

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Get your copy of Tidal Echoes 2023

Tidal Echoes is $5, plus shipping and handling, if applicable.

  • Juneau authors and artists: If your work is published in this edition, pick up your free copy at UAS Egan Library, starting Saturday, April 6, 2024.
  • Artists and authors from other Southeast Alaska communities will receive their copies in the mail.
  • Visit one of the fabulous stores that support this project: Kindred Post (in store and online), Hearthside Books & ToysAlaska RoboticsJuneau-Douglas City MuseumParnassus Books in Ketchikan, Old Harbor Books in Sitka, The Bookstore in Haines, and Skagway News Depot & Books. Books should be on the shelves starting Saturday, April 8 in Juneau, and the following week in other Southeast Alaska communities. Books will also be available at the UAS Sitka Campus in the following weeks. Stay tuned for details!