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Elise Patkotak

Where: Anchorage
Genre(s): literary nonfiction and essays
Job(s): Freelance writer, columnist, and volunteer with Bird TLC

Email: theparrot (at)

Favorite Places in Alaska: Barrow

Bio: Elise Sereni Patkotak was born many years ago into a much kinder and gentler world, raised and taught by nuns in the Italian immigrant neighborhood of Atlantic City, NJ. She is now a recovering Catholic.

Elise lived in Barrow for 28 years working many different jobs. She now lives in Anchorage with five parrots, a cockatoo and a very nervous little dog that thinks all the birds are vying for his stuff. She is a columnist with the Anchorage Daily News and the author of Parallel Logic, the story of her years in Barrow.


  • Parallel Logic (memoir), Precious Cargo, Ltd., 2001
  • Coming Into the City (autobiography), Precious Cargo, Ltd., 2013

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Listing last updated: December, 2013

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