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Christine Byl

Where: Healy
Genre(s): fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction
Job(s): Trail Design & Construction

Favorite Places in Alaska: My home on the tundra off Stampede Road north of Denali National Park; the Ruth Gorge; anywhere on skis.

Bio: Christine Byl lives and writes outside of Healy, Alaska, where she lives in a yurt with her husband and retired sled dogs. Her fiction and essays have been published by Crazyhorse, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Broadsided Press, Lumberyard, and others. She worked on trail crews on public lands for 15 years; with her husband she now runs a family business doing trail design and construction. When not writing or working, she loves homesteading chores, wilderness adventures and anything that happens in the snow.


  • Dirt Work: An Education on the Ground. Non-fiction, forthcoming from Beacon Books in 2013.
  • Essays or stories appear in the following anthologies:
    "Hey Jess McCafferty" short fiction in Sudden Flash Youth; Persea Press, 2011.
    "Hunkered at the Gateway" essay in Permanent Vacation: 20 Writers on Life in National Parks; Bona Fide Books, 2011.
    "Xtra Tuf" and "Soul Food" short essays in Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska, University of Alaska Press, 2010.
    "Dirt" essay in A Mile in Her Boots: Women Who Work in the Wild, Solas Press, 2008.

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Listing last updated: May, 2012

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