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Ernestine Hayes, M.F.A.

Professor of English, Emerita 
Arts and Sciences - Humanities


907-796-6406 (Fax)

Soboleff Bldg 222, Juneau Campus



MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Arts, University of Alaska Anchorage Lingít x’eináx Saankaláxt’ yóo xat du waa sáak’w. Ch’aak’ naa ayá xát. Kaagwaantaan ayá xát. Gooch hít ayá xát. Gunáx teidí dach xan xát sitée. Shéetka Kwáan.


Book-Length Creative Nonfiction

  • Tao of Raven, an Alaska Native Memoir. Seattle: University of Washington Press. October 2016.
  • Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, Sun Tracks Series. September 2006.

Book-Length Nonfiction

  • Juneau. Mt. Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing, Images of America. December 2, 2013.

Academic Writing

  • “The Far North: Literatures of Alaska and Canada.” A History of Western American Literature. Ed. Susan Kollin. New York: Cambridge University Press. November 2015.

Poetry and Prose-Poetry

  • “Waiting Room.” Forum Magazine. Spring 2017.
  • “Now and Then I Take the Midnight Public Transit.” Forum Magazine. Spring 2017.
  • “That Old Woman Standing.” Apogee Journal (Perigree). November 2016.
  • “Brand Names.” Yellow Medicine Review. Spring 2015.
  • “All the Ways That I Have Died.” Tidal Echoes, 2014.
  • “Season.” Alaska Dispatch: The Salmon Project. 2014.
  • “To Childhood Eyes.” Ordinary Things, Extraordinary Tales. Juneau Douglas City Museum. 2014.
  • “The Spoken Forest.” Tidal Echoes, 2012.
  • “One Patch of Earth.” Studies in American Indian Literature, Spring 2011.
  • “After Neruda by Way of Bly (Tenure),” “Research Project,” “Old Tom Finds a Whale,” “Old Tom Steals the Light.” Tidal Echoes, 2009 (Featured Writer).
  • “Frangible Life.” Tipton Poetry Review. Summer 2007.
  • “Old Tom’s Hands.” Cirque Journal. Winter 2009.
  • “Old Tom Brings Water to the World.” Cirque Journal. Winter 2009.

Book-Length Fiction (Chrildren)

  • Aanka Xootzi ka Aasgutu Xootzi Shkalneegi (Tlingit Language Children’s Book). Juneau: Hazy Island Books. 2011.
  • Town Bear Forest Bear (Children’s Book). Juneau: Hazy Island Books: 2011.

Writing for Children

  • “Oral History.” Reading Wonders. New York: McGraw Hill. In Press.


  • “Beaded Prose.” Forum Magazine. Spring 2017.
  • “Tao of Raven: Excerpt.” Mud City Journal. Summer 2015.
  • “Winter in Lingit Aani Brings Magpies and Ravens.” Studies in American Indian Literature, Fall 2009.

Courses Taught:

  • English 092 Improving Writing Skills
  • English 093 Post-Midterm Safety Net
  • English 092/110 Pilot Accelerated Program Fall Terms
  • English 110 Accelerated Spring Term
  • English 110 Introduction to College Writing
  • English 111 Methods of Written Communication
  • English 211 Intermediate Composition: Writing About Literature
  • English 261 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • English 362 Memoir Writing
  • English 363 Nature Writing
  • English 365 Alaska Literature: Native and Non-Native Perspectives
  • English 370 Native American Literature
  • English 418 Advanced Themes in Literature: Selected Topics
  • English 461 Advanced Creative Writing
  • Alaska Studies 300
  • Alaska Studies 600
  • Humanities 120 Freshman Seminar


Grants, Honors and Awards:

  • Alaska Legislative Commendation. Presented by Representative Sam Kito. March 7, 2017.
  • Inaugural Alaskan of the Week, conferred by Senator Dan Sullivan, January 9, 2017.
  • Appointment, Alaska State Writer Laureate 2017-2019, conferred by Alaska State Council on the Arts. January 2017.
  • Recipient. Alaska Native Studies Conference Award for Literary Achievement, 2016.
  • Installation, “We Must Always Remember.” Alaska State Museum, Alaska Native Exhibit. 2016.
  • 2015 Inaugural Selection, Alaska Reads.Coordinated by Frank Soos, Alaska Writer Laureate.
  • 2015 Selection, One Campus One Book. University of Alaska Southeast.
  • Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency. Recipient, Djerassi Artists Residency. Woodside, California. April/May 2015.
  • Alaska Literary Awards Recipient. Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation in Partnership with Alaska State Council on the Arts, 2015.
  • Woman of Distinction Award March 2015.
  • AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies).
  • Installation, “The Spoken Forest.”
  • Totem Bight Poems in Place, Ketchikan, September 8, 2013.
  • Selected Participant. Alaska Native Playwrights Program, 2012. Recipient.
  • Alaska Statehood Experience Grant, 2009.
  • Recipient. HAIL (Honoring Alaskan Indigenous Literature), 2008.
  • Recipient. Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska at 50, 2008.
  • Recipient. American Book Award, 2007.
  • Finalist. 2007 PEN Nonfiction Award.
  • Finalist. Kiriyama Book Prize, 2007.
  • First Place. Speech, Alaska Professional Communicators, 2007.
  • First Place. Faculty Advisor of Student Publications, Alaska Professional Communicators, 2007.
  • First Place. Faculty Advisor of Student Publications, National Federation of Press Women, 2007.
  • Honorable Mention. Speech, National Federation of Press Women, 2007.
  • Book of the Month Selection, 2006.
  • Native America Calling. Recipient.
  • Rasmuson Foundation Emerging Artists Award, 2005. Recipient.
  • 2004 Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Individual Grant. Participant and Show.
  • Alaska Native Oratory, 2003.
  • Fiction Writers Award. Anchorage Daily News, 2002.
  • Alaska Native Writers Award. “Native Spirits.” Explorations, 2002.

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